Galanthus reginae-olgae

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:22:14 PST
>Back to the Galanthus.  I had not ordered a fall blooming Galanthus.  The
bulb(s) apparently came mistakenly mixed in with the other Galanthus I
ordered.  So maybe it is G. reginae-olgae, but I don't know as I haven't
keyed it out.  
G. reginae-olgae has a grayish stripe running down the center of the leaf. Easily keyed out with that detail. 
The subspecies reginae-olgae generally flowers in autumn, without leaves, or with a small amount of leaf showing (enough to see the stripe.) The cultivar ‘Cambridge’ is in flower here, now.
The subspecies vernalis flowers later, with the leaves much more advanced.
Of course, there are early flowering forms of subsp. vernalis, and late flowering forms of subsp. reginae-olgae. 
Another possibility is that you have a form of G. elwesii var. monostictus. Those are up in the garden here, now. In fact, they’re late this year. 
I think this is the one that used to be called G. caucasicus. 
Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado USA
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