] Any Narcissus lovers here?

Jane McGary via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:53:59 PDT
Like Carlos, I am interested mostly in wild taxa and their natural 
hybrids. I grow Narcissus from wild-collected seed whenever I can get 
it. Some in my collection were sown in the 1990s. I am sometimes at a 
loss to know how to name them, owing to the fact that there are 
competing sets of nomenclature, with the usual divide between "lumpers" 
and "splitters," as well as disagreement on the affinities among 
different wild populations. I just keep the identifications under which 
I got the seed, unless I can clearly tell that it's wrong by all accounts.

I live in the maritime Pacific Northwest in the Portland, Oregon, area, 
which is very good for growing almost all kinds of Narcissus in the open 
garden. Only the fall- and midwinter-flowering ones have to be kept 
under cover. It's cold enough in the winter to suit species from higher 
elevations, and dry enough in summer to please Mediterranean plants in 
general. I've moved some of the larger, more prolific species into the 
garden in separate areas. We've just had a terrible hot, dry week or so, 
and the flowers have all suffered, but there are still some nice groups 
of Narcissus carrying on. Narcissus poeticus is one of the later 
species. There are good groups of Narcissus jonquilla and species 
related to it, such as N. cordubensis and N. fernandesii, and I confess 
I can't really tell them apart except perhaps on the basis of the 
foliage. In a raised bed and a bulb lawn, the small species N. rupicola 
and N. calcicola flourish. N. triandrus grows in several sites but I 
think it's best on a cool rock garden.

I also have a lot of commercial hybrid daffodils in a strip along the 
roadside. They make a useful display and source of cutflowers, and my 
theory is that they will decoy the bulb fly away from the precious 
species. I haven't seen any signs of virus in these purchased bulbs, but 
in a former garden I once received some bulbs of 'Quail' that were 
clearly virus-infected.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 4/22/2021 5:25 AM, Carlos Jiménez via pbs wrote:
> Hi, me. Mostly interested on wild taxa and hybrids.
> Carlos
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