Suitable narcissus for Milder Climates

Boyce Tankersley
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:23:02 PDT
Hi All:

In general, Narcissus in the sections tazetta, jonquilla and poeticus
require less chilling and will work in southern climates.  I planted a
selection of each in my sister-in-laws raised bed in Fredericksburg, Texas
about 4 years ago and they have done well.  Hippeastrums, Crinum,
Zantedeschia, Canna and Hymenocallis were all reliable perennial bulbs on
Galveston Island.  Hedychium coronarium was the hardiest of the species we

Boyce Tankersley
Director of Living Plant Documentation
Chicago Botanic Garden
(formerly of UTMB Galveston)

On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:02 AM, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:

> Suit, the paper white narcissus, which are popular as indoor, winter
> flowering, need no chilling bulbs for forcing, would likely be more
> suitable in your Houston climate.
> Also, the hippeastrum-called-amaryllis will be good in-the-ground garden
> bulbs for you.
> Judy in confused climate New Jersey, where March had several days with
> temperatures in the high 70s Fahrenheit, so April 6 night with 24 degrees
> F. was shocking There's Something About the Weather <
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