Narcissus albimarginatus

Jane McGary via pbs
Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:57:52 PST
Thanks to Chris Lovell for the photos of Narcissus albimarginatus. This 
is exactly the plant I have. I'll have to see if I can detect fragrance, 
but since my bulbs are grown in outdoor temperatures, protected only 
against rain, often fragrance does not carry well in the cold. I'd like 
to hand-pollinate it, as three clones are in flower. Can someone advise 
me how to tell when to do that with the best hope of success?

I plan to repot the bulbs this summer to give a couple to a friend. I 
wonder if I should plant one in oak leafmould on a steep bank in shade, 
which I have here? Probably not -- our winters are very wet. However, 
Narcissus calcicola thrives outdoors here, even though our soil is 
acidic; perhaps in nature, N. calcicola grows in acidic humus pockets in 
limestone, as many plants do.

I just ordered Michael Salmon's book, "A Survey of the Genus Narcissus," 
and look forward to having it to accompany the many plants I grew from 
his seeds over the years.

On 3/1/2021 5:11 AM, Chris Lovell via pbs wrote:
> Mike Salmon's book classifies this as Narcissus hispanicus 
> subsp.radinganorum.
> Narcissus albimarginatus is a real beauty with a strong jonquil scent. 
> it seems to be restricted to Jebel Bouhachem, part of the Rif 
> mountains of northern Morocco. While I was taking this picture I was 
> privileged to have an acorn thrown at me by a barbary ape (nice to 
> interact with nature). On revisiting the site a couple of years ago I 
> was saddened to see that many of the plants near the road had been 
> ripped up, clearly by unscrupulous collectors; fortunately it seemed 
> to be thriving in a more remote site, in oak leafmould on a steep bank 
> in dense shade.
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