5 favorite fragrances (bulbs)

Antennaria@aol.com Antennaria@aol.com
Sun, 28 Dec 2003 11:19:00 PST
Here are my 5 favorite genera for floral fragrance.  In part, this summarizes 
previous discussions on fragrance

1.  Allium; particularly A. perdulce, hyacinthoides, and the central asian 
woronowii, darwasicum, and winklerianum; all heavenly perfumed.  Multitudes of 
other species waft a gentle honey-sweet scent, often intermingled with a hint 
of onion scent, which I find pleasurable.
For Allium perdulce:
For asian alliums:

2.  Tulipa; the dwarf species and hybrids.  Some species, such as T. 
polychroma, are deliciously scented.  Tulipa 'Little Princess' (T. hageri x 
aucheriana) is lightly fragrant.

3.  Crocus; variable in the level of fragrance, some species such as the 
autumn blooming goulimyi have me lying down on my belly to get a whiff.  The early 
spring blooming Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus' is gorgeous to look at and 
equally enticing to kneel down in the muddy ground to catch the intense honey 

4. Nothoscordum - almost all species are richly scented, with the exception 
of a couple with ill-scented flowers.  Even a single flower on N. inodorum 
(named for the fact it lacks an onion-like scent) is capable of filling a room 
with heady perfume.  The little yellow-flowered species have sweet lemony 
flowers, such as N. montevidense.

5.  Tulbaghia - full of the most interesting scents, recently discussed on 

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