What is this bulb's name?

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:22:14 PDT
Dear Friends,
	Sorry to admit I am not much of a fan of Grape hyacinths. 
They are just there. At least M armeniacum.

	I do however like my small clump of M. botryoides album which 
blooms a clean white, tiny and reliable each year.

	And this mystery plant I bought as Muscari paradoxa. The 
flowers heads are outrageous large -for a Muscari - deep dark blue 
and the plant over all is 'large ' - for a Muscari.  I am wondering 
if it is in fact a Bellevalia or is it B pycnantha?

	I am confused.

	I read Alberto's discussion of the genus 
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbslist/old.php/… and 
think I may actually have the real B. paradoxa, but I am far from 
certain. They came from a reliable bulb seller in the UK as Muscari 
paradoxa though.

	Can anyone provide a few key characters. Especially dividing 
Muscari from Bellevalia and B. pycnantha from B. paradoxa.

		Many thanks for input.		Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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