chocolate scented bulbs

Wed, 05 Jul 2006 16:44:14 PDT
I have a group of them growing in the ground in Zone 9 (says USGA), but 
closer to 10 now.  I thought they were perennial herbs, so was surprised to 
find they were geophytes.  They are in 1/2 day sun (unless the fog comes 
in), spread very moderately, get rain in winter and once a week water in 
summer.  And they definitely smell like chocolate.  I would have guessed 
Pasadena would be perfect for them, but maybe it is too hot in the summer.

Shirley Meneice
Pebble Beach, 100 yards from the ocean, in the Monterey Pine forest.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lee Poulsen" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:00 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] chocolate scented bulbs

> Well, there is the famous Cosmos atrosanguineus which has tubers and
> really does smell like a rich dark chocolate. But I have never ever
> been able to get them to come back from winter dormancy whether I keep
> them dry or wet or barely moist over the winter. I have not tried
> bringing them in from outside. Maybe they require warm winters as well
> as warm summers?
> Also, it is supposedly the case that all of them in existence in the
> entire world are all the same clone and they are extinct in the wild.
> So no seeds are ever formed.
> I also like the Sherry Baby Oncidium orchid's chocolate scent--very
> close to the real thing. But I don't think Oncidiums count as bulbs.
> (In fact, how do they decide which orchids do count as bulbs, like
> Pleiones and Bletillas, and which don't?)
> --Lee Poulsen
> Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
> On Jul 5, 2006, at 1:26 PM, Sheri Ann Richerson wrote:
>> The post on the gladiolus with the chocolate scent makes me want to
>> enquire
>> if there are other bulbs that have chocolate scented foliage or
>> flowers.
>> Does anyone know of any or is anyone growing some?
>> Thanks,
>> Sheri
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