Favorite White Flowered Bulbs--TOW

Boyce Tankersley btankers@chicagobotanic.org
Mon, 27 Dec 2004 11:00:59 PST
Seasons greetings All:

Polianthus tuberosa. The elegant white flowers, the incredible fragrance; and summer is so far away!

Zantedeschia aethiopica. Calla lilies. I've never been successful with the colored flower species but the white flowered are incredible - as well as fragrant. Bless the moths (perhaps not all moths) for providing the incentive for white flowers to be incredibly fragrant.

Moraea tricolor 'Album' (I think was the name I received) as seed from Bill Dyck years ago. Reliably sending up masses of white flowers in mid-winter to spring. Have some seedlings that I believe may have been 'cycled' into growing and flowering in summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

Hymenocallis. Regardless of taxonomic confusion, the white flowered taxa that blooms in all of the older neighborhoods on Galveston Island, Texas.

Zephyranthes drummondii. I grew up with this (one of the few) geophytic taxa on a ranch in southwestern Texas and it still brings back favorite memories as well as a nice fragrance.

Boyce Tankersley
where a winter low of minus 6 degrees F and a wind chill in the minus teens sent virtually everyone indoors last week and efforts to harvest leeks, carrots and horseradish with a pickax were remarkably unsuccessful. Ground frozen solid for a good 4-5". Yes, I procrastinated too long in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.

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