N radinganorum

Jane McGary via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sat, 06 Mar 2021 10:06:50 PST
I have all the old seed lists from which my collection derives, though 
it may take some time to go through the ones on paper. One problem is 
that I don't usually  know which seed came from wild collections, and 
which came from plants grown from wild seed but cultivated in a nursery 
(mainly Monocot/Michael Salmon, but some from Jim and Jenny Archibald's 
lists, possibly transmitted to them by other collectors such as John 
Blanchard). In the cultivated case, the parent plants may or may not 
have been carefully hand-pollinated, or blocked from bees. Most of these 
lists give the site of the original collection. I had a detailed 
inventory of my own plants, but when I upgraded to a new computer some 
years ago, it could not be transferred. I did print it out, though, and 
somewhere in the files the printout exists, and it's alphabetical. As 
for the N. albimarginatus we've been discussing, it is KV702 from Kurt 
Vickery's collection in Morocco, listed in his summer 2016 seed sale.

The stalk of my "N. radinganorum" has two well-developed keels.

Although I've always enjoyed raising Narcissus species from seed, I was 
a little surprised at the interest this discussion has provoked. Most of 
the species do so well here in the Pacific Northwest that perhaps I've 
taken them too much for granted. The only ones I can't seem to grow are 
the autumn-flowering species such as N. miniatus or N. serotinus, 
although N. elegans is doing fairly well.

I keep the species I don't have a surplus of in my bulb house so they 
will not be so vulnerable to the narcissus fly (bulb fly); also I 
planted a large number of commercial daffodils in another part of the 
garden to lure the pests away from the valuable plants. They don't seem 
to attack the bulbs planted in turf; perhaps the grass, which is long 
when the leaves begin to turn yellow, hides them from the bulb fly, 
which I've heard is attracted by the color or scent of the withering 
plant -- it lays its eggs near the hole left by the old stem, and the 
larvae migrate into the bulb by that route. This pest also attacks 
Galanthus and Sternbergia, and I suppose Acis, but I haven't noticed 
damage on garden plants of those genera. Bulb fly is a serious enough 
pest in our region that some people in Seattle have told me they can't 
grow Narcissus.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 3/6/2021 7:02 AM, Carlos Jiménez via pbs wrote:
>>> Carlos, shall I just call my "N. hispanicus" "the very
> tall N. pseudonarcissus" and my "N. bujei" "the short N. pseudonarcissus under
> the Japanese maples"?
> Yes, I'm afraid. If you have collection data, write it on the label. You
> will not have a collection of "names" but a germplasm repository from
> different populations.
> Yes, it would be great if you could give information about the flower
> stalks, specifically if they have two well developed keels or not.  There's
> being a bit of a fuzz regarding that trait these days.
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