Bulbs of North America by Jane McGary, North American Rock Garden Society

By Jane McGary, North American Rock Garden Society

North the US is domestic to nearly 4 dozen bulbous genera. between those are a few very hot rock backyard vegetation, similar to Calochortus, Erythronium, and Fritillaria, that have by no means had whatever large written approximately them in e-book shape. Others, together with Calydorea, Hypoxis, and Muilla, usually are not in addition identified outdoor expert collections. The features that make bulbs so fascinating in gardens comprise their nice range of flowering time, colour, dimension, and shape; their skill to conform to quite a lot of environments; and their potential to multiply and unfold and not using a gardener's intervention. beginner botanists and horticulturists, really people with an curiosity in alpine and rock gardens, and tourists making plans a box journey to selection plant-viewing websites everywhere in the continent, might be encouraged via this firsthand account of local North American bulbs. greater than a hundred notable colour images illustrate the eleven unique chapters.

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Texanum. Allium mobilense Regel Allium mobilense (synonyms A. arenicola, A. canadense var. mobilense, A. microscordion, A. mutabile) has narrow, glossy green leaves and pink, thin-textured flowers on stems about 30 centimeters tall. The small bulbs, which have fibrous, reticulated coats, increase by dividing in half and do not produce offsets. Allium canadense var. mobilense, as proposed by Ownbey, represented a sexual or nonbulbiliferous race of A. canadense occurring primarily in the southern coastal plain from eastern Texas east to Georgia and Florida, and also found in other habitats north to Missouri.

Eulae, and are glaucous gray and spirally twisted. Large, showy, many-flowered umbels of stellate white flowers clear the foliage on 60to 75-centimeter stems. Greenish ovaries diminish the clarity of flower color, but it is nonetheless a first-rate garden plant that can be seen as an American version of garlic chives (A. tuberosum). Much like A. eulae, the bulbs of A. texanum go dormant after flowering; the plant sets plenty of viable seed and resprouts in autumn. The bulb coats are membranous or obscurely reticulated.

It has been suggested, though not yet validly published, that this race should be elevated to species status as A. lavandulare. florosum is a name proposed by Thad Howard, but not yet published, for a floriferous form he found in several locations growing among large populations of typically bulbiliferous A. canadense in north central Texas. Though perhaps regarded as a forma at most (or simply under a cultivar name, for example, 'White Queen', proposed by Howard), it deserves recognition and segregation from A.

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