Favorite Red Flowered Bulbs

In June 2004 the Pacific Bulb Society List topic of the week was favorite red flowered bulbs. Participants mentioned these bulbs as favorites. They are listed below alphabetically, sometimes with comments, followed by the name and the location of the person who named them as favorite, usually from experience growing them. If we had pictures of these plants, on the wiki, there is a link to those pictures.

Alstroemeria psittacina/pulchella is a weed, but the hummingbirds don't mind, Ken Hixson, western Oregon.

Alstroemeria pulchella, Mary Sue Ittner

Anemone coronaria -- for it pure, pure, pure red (a wonderful contrast between the satin of the top side and the hairy back), Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7.

Anemone coronaria, Jim McKenney

Anemone fulgens -- Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7.


Babiana villosa -- nice red color, long bloom, reliable, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California.

Babiana villosa, Mary Sue Ittner

Calochortus venustus -- wine colored in between Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, Bob Werra, Northern California.

Calochortus venustus from Jane McGary

Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' -- rosy red, Jay Yourch, central North Carolina, USA.

Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet', Jay Yourch

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' -- one of the all-time best bulbs for general garden, Rodger Whitlock, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; also Kathy Stokmanis, Northern California.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer', Bob Rutemoeller

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' × C. × crocosmiiflora hybrid -- hardier than ‘Lucifer’, while less spreading than the montbretia, Ken Hixson, western Oregon.


Cyclamen persicum -- a "miniature" red cyclamen, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.


Cyrtanthus elatus -- (Vallota Lily) is beautiful when it flowers, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.

Cyrtanthus elatus, Doug Westfall

Dahlia coccinea var. palmeri -- tall but dainty plant with finely dissected leaves and flowers best in autumn when the weather gets cool and damp, Johannes-Ulrich Urban, Germany.

Dahlia coccinea, Arnold Trachtenberg

Daubenya aurea -- red form, most vivid, Bob Werra, Northern California.

Daubenya aurea, Mary Sue Ittner

Dichelostemma ida-maia -- Known as firecracker flower, is quite striking, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California, also Ken Hixson, western Oregon, also Kathy Stokmanis, Northern California.

Dichelostemma ida-maia, Mary Sue Ittner

Geissorhiza inflexa -- Red version is dazzling when it blooms, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California.

Geissorhiza inflexa, Bob Rutemoeller

Gloriosa superba/rothschildiana -- a sure hummingbird magnet, flowers last and last in heat, Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7.

Gloriosa superba, Bill Dijk

Hippeastrum 'Cocktail' -- a wonderfully bright red with a solid white centre, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia, USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.


Hippeastrum × johnsonii -- with white keels and throat, Jay Yourch, central North Carolina.

Hippeastrum x johnsonii, Jay Yourch

Lilium bolanderi -- which is a much better "red" lily, but hard to grow in gardens, Ken Hixson, western Oregon.

Lilium bolanderi, Ron Parsons

Lilium grayi -- the great treasure among our eastern native lilies, Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, also Ken Hixson, western Oregon.

Lilium grayi, Wayne Crist

Lilium maritimum -- Endangered California native, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California.

Lilium maritimum, Bob Rutemoeller

Lilium pardalinum -- could fit in red, orange or yellow flowered bulb TOW, Ken Hixson, western Oregon.

Lilium pardalinum, Jamie Vande

Lycoris radiata -- also a fall bloomer and winter grower, Jay Yourch, central North Carolina, USA; stunning when in bloom, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia, USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.

Lycoris radiata var. radiata, Jay Yourch

Nerine sarniensis -- an iridescent red explosion and does well in a pot, Bob Werra, Northern California.

Nerine sarniensis, Bill Dijk

Rhodophiala bifida -- a fall bloomer and winter grower, Jay Yourch, central North Carolina, USA.

Rhodophiala bifida, Mark Wilcox

Romulea monadelpha and Romulea sabulosa -- Spectacular large red flowered romuleas from South Africa, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California.

Romulea monadelpha, Bob RutemoellerRomulea sabulosa, Mary Sue Ittner

Tigridia pavonia -- in red, Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7.

Tigridia pavonia, Jim McKenney

Tulipa -- (all reds), but especially Tulipa eichleri, Jim McKenney, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7.

Tulipa eichleri, Arnold Trachtenberg

Tulipa linifoia -- Blooms reliably every year, Mary Sue Ittner, Northern California.

Tulipa linifolia, Mary Sue Ittner

Tulipa 'Queen of Sheba' is the most amazingly bright red/orange colour. It positively glows and you just plain cannot miss it when it is in flower, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.

Tulipa 'Red Riding Hood' has lovely red flowers with wonderful dark red markings on the leaves as well, giving interest for so much longer than just the flower, Paul Tyerman, Canberra, Australia. USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9.


Tulipa sprengeri -- Rodger Whitlock, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Tulipa sprengeri, Rodger Whitlock

Zephyranthes 'Capricorn' -- a little orangey, Jay Yourch, central North Carolina, USA.

Zephyranthes 'Capricorn', Jay Yourch

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