Identifying Narcissus species

Joseph Meler
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:33:22 PDT

If you can wait a couple of weeks for the information, I have already
ordered a discounted copy of the hardback edition of this book.  Once it
arrives, I would be happy to assist you in getting the information you
requested.  I hope this helps.

Joseph Meler
Los Angeles, CA

On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 9:14 AM, Jane McGary <>wrote:

> As usual this time of year, I'm wondering what to call the many
> seed-grown Narcissus in my bulb beds. Browsing through the PBS wiki
> sections on Narcissus led me to a discussion of classification by
> Brian Mathew in the book "Narcissus and Daffodil," a collective
> volume edited by Gordon R. Hanks and available through CRC. Whoever
> wrote the introductory sections on our wiki apparently had access to
> this chapter, but when I went looking for it, I found I could
> download the book (most of which concerns the chemistry, especially
> pharmacological, of Narcissus) for the princely sum of $117, or have
> access to the chapter for 72 hours for only $20. I decided against
> the whole book, but am wondering whether it makes sense to get access
> for a short period to something I can't download separately and keep
> for later reference. I suspect I couldn't print it off the screen,
> either. Do any of our correspondents have an opinion on this? Will it
> help me with Section Jonquilla, the major source of my frustration?
> I have John Blanchard's book "Narcissus: A guide to wild daffodils,"
> which we discussed a week or two ago, but in many cases it serves
> mostly to assure the reader that he or she is not alone in being
> confused about these plants. It also describes well-known natural
> sites for many species, which helped, e.g., in examining two
> collections of N. bulbocodium from Oukaimedin, Morocco--I think I got
> ssp. bulbocodium in one case, and the intermediate with ssp. nivalis
> in the other.
> I am tempted to call most of them hybrids anyway, though I did raise
> quite a few from wild-collected seeds. In any case, they are bright,
> vigorous, and fragrant, and most of them probably can move to the
> garden successfully, as long as the bulb fly lets them.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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