Naturalizing Bulbs for Warm Climates

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Naturalizing Bulbs for Warm Climates

Crocus Sativus – Saffron Crocus

Crocus Sativus - Saffron Crocus

Crocus Sativus – Saffron Crocus

Crocus Sativus is suited for mild winter climates and will naturalize. It blooms in the fall and the yellow saffron threads can be harvested for cooking. Will take partial shade.


Amaryllis Belladonna

Amarylis Belladonna Pink

Amarylis Belladonna Pink

 


Golden Dawn Daffodil

Golden Dawn Daffodil

Golden Dawn Daffodil – “Grows Like a Weed”

Other Hybrid Narcissus that will naturalize are listed under Daffodils.


Antique Freesia – Fragrant

Freesia Alba Burtonii

Freesia – Heirloom Variety Pictured

This freesia comes as a tiny bulb but develops into a wonderfully fragrant and normal sized freesia.  It self sows its seed and increases naturally.  The grower told me his seed grown freesias were in bloom their first year, when I called him to rave about the very first ones I bought from him.


Gloriosa Rothschildiana Lily

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Gloriosa Lily “Rothschildiana”

Vine grows 5-6 feel tall.  Plant tubers 3-4″ down with tuber flat and provide support for the vine to climb on a wall or a trellis.


Lycoris – Spider Lily or Eyelash Lily

Lycoris - Spider Lily or Eyelash Lily

Lycoris – Lily

 


Muscari

Muscari Ameniacum

Muscari Ameniacum

Grape Hyacinth. Bright blue and can be planted with summer water.


Ornithogalum Magnum

Ornithogalum Magnum

Ornithogalum Magnum

Giant White Starflower up to 3′ Tall. Good cutting flower.


Ornithogalem Nutans

Ornithogalem Nutans

Ornithogalem Nutans

Green with White Edge Starflower. Fragrant cutting flower: 18-22″ tall.


Rain Lily

Rain Lily

Zephyranthes – Rain Lily

Star like flowers on wiry stems. Looks wonderful en masse. Partial shade to sun. Will rebloom if allowed to dry out after the first bloom. 12″ tall.


Giant Squill

Giant Squill

Giant Squill

The bulb is the size of a soccer ball and has large strappy leaves. Blooms like a Naked Lady after the foliage has died back. Needs good drainage and little or no summer water. The bulbs are planted one third out of the ground. The bulb weighs about 8 pounds at maturity.


Delicate Squill

Delicate Squill

Delicate Squill

This bulb is about the size of a large grapefuit and is planted like the Giant Scilla above.


Tuberosa

Tuberosa

Tuberosa

Takes full, hot sun. Very Fragrant.


Tuberosa

Tuberosa

Tuberosa

Takes full, hot sun. Very Fragrant.


OxBlood Lily

OxBlood Lily - Pink

OxBlood Lily – Pink

Pink Miniature amaryllis flowers on 12″ naked stems bloom August/September.


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