Hyacinthus orientalis 'Borah'

brown.mark brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Sun, 04 Nov 2007 14:11:32 PST
Hyacinthus orientalis 'Sneeuwwitje' is dutch for snow white of course.I only 
know of H.o.albulus from what I have gleaned on the net.It is blue and has 
florets easily twice the size of 'Sneuwwitje' as far as I can see.My 
research has yet to bear positive results but now at least know what went 
wrong.The grower sold his stock to another grower who swiftly pronounced it 
too feeble a plant which may be the case .But then how come it was a 
commercial proposition and suddenly no more? This grower has ditched all his 
stock,so I am now following up other leads.
Correvon sold many odd plants that were not always strictly alpine.and 
perhaps were not al ways listed either.The friend was always a personal 
caller so would be able to pick up the odd rarity.She must have obtained the 
plant in the early seventies.I will ask her more but don't count on exact 
details as it was all so long ago and no records were kept.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim McKenney" <jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com>
To: "'Pacific Bulb Society'" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 8:47 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Hyacinthus orientalis 'Borah'

> Mark Brown made some very interesting comments about Hyacinthus 
> orientalis.
> Thanks for the information, Mark. I'm glad to hear the 'Borah' has not
> disappeared from cultivation. I have not seen it offered in the US for
> years.
> Your Hyacinthus orientalis 'Sneeuwwitje' sounds very nice. The name is
> Dutch, isn't it? Doesn't it mean 'Snow White' as in Snow White and the 
> Seven
> Dwarfs?. How does this 'Sneeuwwitje' differ from the plant known as
> Hyacinthus orientalis albulus?
> The plant you mention from the Correvon Nursery intrigues me. I checked
> Henri Correvon's Rock Gardens and Alpine Plants from 1930 but did not find
> such a plant listed in the index. It sounds like an interesting souvenir 
> of
> those days, and I hope you are able to get it into the hands of a reliable
> propagator.
> Yes, please let us know the results of your friend's search in Holland.
> Jim McKenney
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