Fragrance in colchicums

Jane McGary
Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:42:19 PDT
Jim McKenney's note about fragrant colchicums led me to go around sniffing 
them this morning. Some had no noticeable fragrance. C. bivonae and most of 
its many hybrids have a faint fragrance that reminds me of lemon trees. The 
most fragrant was the hybrid 'Dick Trotter', which has a sweet scent 
similar to Ivory bath soap. Interestingly, the commercial form of C. x 
agrippinum had no scent I could detect, but the form I grow that was found 
in an old Portland garden is honey-scented. C. variegatum, one of the 
parents of this natural hybrid, had no fragrance (but magnificent bloom 
after our hot summer). C. speciosum is almost unscented, so the big hybrids 
must get their fragrance from their C. bivonae ancestry.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

More information about the pbs mailing list