Bulbs for Shade

In May 2003 the PBS list topic of the week was Bulbs for Shade. Participants mentioned their favorite bulbs to grow in the shade. Bulbs to grow in the shade were also suggested other times as well. In choosing bulbs for shade you would naturally think of bulbs that grow in woodland or forests. Some bulbs that need sun to flower well can be grown under deciduous trees where they get light while in growth and shade while dormant. What might be a good choice to be planted in the shade in one climate, might not bring success in another. Factors determining that include when it rains (summer or winter), how much it rains, how cold it gets in winter (when bulbs are dormant or growing), and whether winter dormant bulbs are protected under snow (a moderating influence). Summer temperatures are also important, both day and night highs and lows. Some of these choices may seem surprising as these bulbs may do fine being grown in the sun or in some climates not do well being grown in the shade. For all these reasons it is important to note the location of the person recommending the genus or species.

This page lists alphabetically in a table the species or the genus, if a specific species was not noted, sometimes with comments, followed by the name and the location of the person who mentioned them, usually from experience growing them. There are links to more information about the plants discussed and there are photos from our wiki (when they are available) of these plants.

Bulbs for Shade
Alpinia zerumbet Anemone blanda Amorphophallus konjac Arisaema candidissimum
Arisaema griffithii Arisaema sikokianum Arisaema tortuosum Arisaema triphyllum
Arisarum proboscideum Arum maculatum Asarum canadense Begonia grandis
Caladium Calathea Calochortus albus Calochortus amabilis
Calochortus monophyllus Calydorea amabilis Canna 'Cleopatra' Canna indica
Canna 'Pretoria' Cardiocrinum giganteum Cautleya Chionodoxa
Chlorogalum pomeridianum Claytonia virginica Clintonia andrewsiana Clivia caulescens
Clivia gardenii Clivia miniata Clivia nobilis Clivia robusta
Codonopsis Colocasia esculata Convallaria majalis Cornukaempferia
Corydalis nobilis Crinum moorei Crocosmia aurea Crocus tommasinianus
Cyclamen coum Cyclamen hederifolium Cyclamen purpurascens Cyclamen repandum
Cyrtanthus mackenii Dicentra Disporum smithii Dracunculus vulgaris
Erythronium americanum Erythronium hendersonii Erythronium howellii Erythronium multiscapideum
Erythronium revolutum Erythronium tuolumnense Freesia alba Freesia laxa
Fritillaria affinis Fritillaria camschatensis Galanthus elwesii Galanthus nivalis
Galanthus woronowii Globba Haemanthus albiflos Haemanthus deformis
Haemanthus pauculifolius Hepatica nobilis Hippeastrum hybrids Hippeastrum papilio
Hyacinthoides hispanica Hyacinthoides non-scripta Hymenocallis eucharidifolia Hymenocallis occidentalis
Impatiens flanaganae Impatiens tinctoria Iris reticulata cultivars Kaempferia
Leucojum aestivum Lilium longiflorum hybrids Lilium martagon Lilium maritimum
Lilium pardalinum Lilium szovitzianum Lycoris chinensis Lycoris longituba
Lycoris radiata Lycoris sprengeri Lycoris squamigera Maianthemum
Melanthium virginicum Muscari armeniacum Narcissus cyclamineus Narcissus 'Eystettensis'
Nerine bowdenii Nerine undulata Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross' Paris polyphylla
Polygonatum Proiphys amboinensis Proiphys cunninghamii Prosartes smithii
Pseudomuscari azureum Rhodophiala bifida Roscoea Sanguinaria canadensis
Sauromatum venosum Scadoxus multiflorus Scadoxus puniceus Scilla siberica
Tricyrtis Trillium grandiflorum Trillium recurvatum Uvularia grandiflora
Veltheimia bracteata Veratrum californicum Veratrum virginicum Zantedeschia aethiopica

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