Unusual Bulbous Plants

alliumhair (296x300)Allium vineale ‘Hair’ – This type of Crow Garlic features bizarre green flower heads made up of aerial bulbils with a purple base. They are borne from June to July and truly resemble a head of tufted curly hair, growing to about the size of a tennis ball. It prefers a full sun exposure and well-drained soils. Naturalizes well. Grows to 2′ high. Hardy to zone 4.

roscoeaauriculata (296x300)Roscoea auriculata – Hardy Nepalese Ginger is a beautiful ornamental native to high elevations of India and Nepal. It is an herbaceous perennial that grows from rhizomes and bears rich purple orchid-like blooms in late summer. They are relatively easy to grow in fertile, well-drained soils with a partial sun exposure. Grows 12-18″ high by 12-16″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

narcbulbovargraellsii (299x300)Narcissus bulbocodium var. graellsii (syn. N. bulbocodium subsp. bulbocodium) – One of the Hoop-petticoat species daffodils which are native to North Africa, France, Portugal and Spain. It features a single hoop-shaped lemon yellow flower and is often found in meadows in its native habitat. The common species has deeper yellow flowers. Grows 2 to 3″ high. Hardy to zone 4.

fritpersi (300x294)Fritillaria persica – A much neglected member of the Fritillary family with tall spires of plum-purple flowers borne over greyish-green foliage from May to June. These fleshy scaled bulbs are easily damaged with rough handling and are best planted on their side in a pocket of coarse sand to prevent water accumulating in the hollow. Grows 2-3′ tall. Hardy to zone 5.

tritoniadisticta (286x300)Tritonia disticha subsp. rubrolucens (syn. Crocosmia rosea) – A South African native that is closely related to Crocosmia and grows from corms. It bears elegant arching spikes of rose-pink funnel-shaped flowers from late summer into autumn – produced over green sword-like leaves. This tender plant prefers full sun with sharp soil drainage. Grows 24″ high by 18″+ wide. Zone 8.

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