Narcissus romieuxii

Jane McGary
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:21:59 PST
Diane in British Columbia wrote,

>Wonderful!  Prior to this,  I've only seen pictures of them in pots in
>the U.K..  I'm so pleased to see them growing so well outside.  That's
>where my seedlings will go.

It's somewhat wetter in winter where I live in Oregon, but I find 
that Narcissus romieuxii is not a good choice for outdoor planting 
because the flowers (which are delicate in texture, and upfacing) get 
ruined by the rain. I've also grown N. cantabricus outdoors, with the 
same results. They look nicer under the cover of the unheated bulb 
frames, which are full of flowers right now from narcissus of this 
group. They hybridize freely, so I don't send the seeds to exchanges, 
but they drop and are distributed around between the pots and many 
attractive forms appear.

A couple of years ago Walter Blom of Albany, Oregon, a retired bulb 
grower, showed me his selections and hybrids involving N. cantabricus 
and N. romieuxii and shared a couple of named ones with me. They're 
quite vigorous. He grows them in raised frames ("alpine frames") that 
can be covered against excessive wet.

Many other small narcissus are coming into flower now, and a few, 
such as N. hedraeanthus, are already done. In the garden only N. 
obvallaris (the "English daffodil") is open, and also the 
surprisingly adaptable N. jacetanus, a short-growing trumpet species 
of which I placed a few in the rock garden several years ago. The 
latter is, I understand, very restricted in distribution and habitat, 
but it is a vigorous plant here. I grew it from wild-collected seed 
many years ago.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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