Arrowhead Alpines
2008 Minor Bulbs: Page Two
Cyclamen through Leucojum


Albuca through Crocus | Cyclamen through Leucojum | Lilium through Zephyranthes



A fantastic genus that unfortunately suffers from a tender houseplant image, causing many gardeners to dismiss them. Coum and hederifolium should be hardy almost anywhere in the U.S., and there are a large number of other species that will succeed if given a bit of extra protection. Cyclamen thrive in dry shade but will tolerate nearly full sun. We urge you the check out the Grey-Wilson Cyclamen book, whatever you may think of the author’s eco-politics the book is excellent. Arrowhead is probably the largest grower of species Cyclamen in the U.S. and the quality of our offerings is second to none. Most of what we offer is flowering size with leaf patterns that are incredible. Please note if you order Cyclamen for spring shipment they will be going dormant at shipping time, they are Not dying. Cyclamen are intolerant of dry storage so plant them, do not remove the bulbs and store them dry.


Cyclamen balearicum ..... PRICE 1@ $8.00

Similar to repandum, from the Balearic Isles and not terribly hardy; spring flowers.


Cyclamen cilicium .............. PRICE 1@ $6.50

attractive marbled leaves; dormant in summer, and heather scented, elegant and dainty shell pink flowers which reappear in autumn along with the leaves, fairly hardy.   


Cyclamen coum ..................... PRICE 1@ $6.50

extremely hardy popular species produces its pink-reflexed blooms in spring, often flowering through the snow, try a big drift of these in your spring woodland garden, one glimpse and you will be captivated.


Cyclamen coum marbled leaf aff. E.A. Bowles 471       PRICE 1@ $8.00

Reversions out of Pewter leaf, which was a Kath Dryden, cross between Coum Nymans and Coum E.A. Bowles 471. These fit the description of Bowles 471; vigorous plants with a green Christmas tree mark in the center of the leaf surrounded by silvery marbled overlay and with a dark green picotee edge. Call them what you will they are very nice.


Cyclamen coum maurice dryden PRICE 1@ $8.00

A Kath Dryden Pewter Leaf selection, named for her husband; basically it is a white flowered pewter leaf, flowers are white with a red throat, leaves are silver with a green picotee edge. An outstanding plant that comes quite true from seed. See the Cyclamen book by Chris Gray-Wilson for much greater detail.


Cyclamen coum pewter leaf PRICE 1@ $8.00

Originating from the Kath Dryden cross, mentioned above, these have solid pewter colored leaves with little or no green in them; a most outstanding cyclamen form.


Cyclamen coum silver leaf PRICE 1@ $8.00

These have been re-selected from pewter leaf for a more silvery color, the differences are subtle but quite evident when you see a flat of each side by side; spectacular plants.


Cyclamen hederifolium (neapolitanum)        PRICE 1@ $6.50

ferociously floriferous; the clumps of marbled foliage can spread to nearly 2’ wide, radiating from flattened bulbs the size of dinner plates and producing delicate pink flowers in such numbers as not to be believed from late summer until early winter. They posses the amplitude and grace of a florist Cyclamen and a tuberous tenacity that rivals Kudzu.


Cyclamen hederifolium silver leaf PRICE 1@ $12.00

Seedlings from Brigitta's hand picked collection from Ashwoods, Archibalds and others, the strain probably originated with Bowles Apollo. The parents rival anything seen on the European show benches, these are absolutely stunning, basically solid silver with just a few green marks. The metallic Silver leaves are simply unreal they look spray painted.if anyone could ever breed a Hosta that looked like this it would sell for a hundred grand.


Dichelostemma ida-maia Ratko 02-126   PRICE 1@ $6.50

Locally known as the Firecracker Flower this Brodea relative is one of the showiest western American bulbs clusters of pendant tubular red flowers, yellow inside, this is a great plant for hummingbirds, we raised these from a 2002 Ratko collection.


Dichelostemma multiflorum PRICE 1@ $6.50

A western American bulb also known as Brodiaea multiflorum. Dichelostemma is now placed in the Themidaceae; multiflorum has umbels of lavender pink to violet flowers with inflated perianth tubes atop 20-80cm stems in May and June.


Dietes iridioides .................. PRICE 1@ $6.50

There are six species of Dietes, Iridioides ranges from 6500’ in the Drakensburg northward.Flowers resemble a Japanese Iris, flat with white petals with yellow nectar guides and a purple center, check out some of the photos on the web. If you see it, you will want it.


Ferraria crispa .................... PRICE 1@ $8.00

Incredible iridaceous plant from South Africa, the undulate tan flowers are spotted and streaked with deep chestnut, it's hard to describe; you need to see it.


Fritillaria ACMOPETALA PRICE 1@ $5.50

native to Asia Minor, related to meleagris; hardy 12-14”; with up to 3 pendulous flowers; soft green outer petals and red brown inner petals with reflexed tips.


Fritillaria bucharica ..... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Native to northeastern Afghanistan and the Pamirs, horizontal to pendulous racemes of 4-7 off white flowers with greenish veins, its more difficult than the Mediterranean species for us but easier than the western ones.


Fritillaria camschatcensis PRICE 1@ $6.50

Spectacular near black flowers atop 75cm stems, it is native to both the Western u.s. and N.E. Asia, unlike the mediterranean species this need cool and moist to thrive.



Low growing thick textured leaves almost lily like with tubby pendant yellow flowers.


FRITILLARIA elwesii ............ PRICE 1@ $5.50

Tall grassy leaved species narrow tubular flowers, brown with green markings, Turkey.


Fritillaria graeca ............. PRICE 1@ $5.50

A complex and variable species; flowers are green and red with a wonderful carrion fragrance, graeca  is a good species for beginners.


Fritillaria graeca gussichiae PRICE 1@ $5.50

I guess now its just Frit gussichiae, native from Greece to Yugoslavia, flowers are green with reddish brown shading but not tessellated, with that irresistible spermatic scent. I wonder what kind of pollinator its trying to attract.


Fritillaria graeca thessalica PRICE 1@ $5.50

Its similar to graeca but with broader glaucous leaves.


FRITILLARIA IONICA see graeca thessalica



It came to us as karadaghensis, which has now been lumped into crassifolia ssp kurdica; whatever the name its sperm scented, with greenish-yellow brown tessellated flowers bearing an interior linear nectary.


Fritillaria MELEAGRIS ..... PRICE 1@ $4.50

guinea hen tulip, an attractive easy European species with pendant checkered bells of purple red; very hardy.


Fritillaria messanensis GRACILIS PRICE 1@ $5.50

From Albania and Macedonia a smaller variety, usually with unmarked flowers and considered quite desirable.


Fritillaria montana ........ PRICE 1@ $5.50

European species with maroon checkered bells that are quite attractive.


Fritillaria oliveri ............. PRICE 1@ $5.50

A rare species from Iran square shouldered red and brown flowers marked with green. 


FRITILLARIA PONTICA ........... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Dwarfer than the tall Lesbos form, it retains the enticing spermatic scent but lacks the Lesbos touch of tessellation.



from the Island of Lesbos, flowers are broadly campanulate, green tinged with reddish brown. spermatic scent drives those Lesbos folks crazy, and makes a good rock garden plant; at Brigitta’s urging, I’ll resist the temptation to say more. (p.s. to whoever sent it, the fax from the Isle of Lesbos Ministry of Tourism was hysterical)


Fritillaria pyrenaica (nigra) PRICE 1@ $6.50

16" or so, large squared off bells usually dark, but clear yellow forms occur; one of the nicest species.


Fritillaria thunbergii ... PRICE 1@ $8.00

A tall species to 80cm, from the bamboo forests in central China with 2-6 white flowers veined green or tessellated, widely cultivated for medicinal purposed in Japan and China.


Geissorrhiza fulva .......... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Starry yellow flowers on 6" stems, a cute little South African Irid related to Hesperantha.


GLADIOLUS carneus ........... PRICE 1@ $5.50

Variable species usually 30-40cm tall sometimes more, flowers in a range of colors usually with a contrasting horseshoe on the three lower petals.


Gladiolus caryophyllaceus PRICE 1@ $6.50

Stout 2' stems carry scented pink funnel shaped flowers marked red on the lower lobe, South Africa.


GLADIOLUS CITRINUS ............ PRICE 1@ $5.50

15-25cm with symmetrical almost crocus-like bright yellow flowers with a maroon purple throat, endemic to the Paarl and Stellenbosch areas of the Cape.


GLADIOLUS communis ........ PRICE 1@ $5.50

Southern Europe 2-3' tall with 10-20 pink flowers; this is one of the hardiest species.



Found wild on low mountain slopes in many parts of the Mediterranean region leaves basal and sword-like, flowers appear in early summer purple red to rosy pink, several on each slender 20" stem, hardy if planted deep and mulched.


Gladiolus flanaganii Arch PRICE 1@ $12.00

The suicide glad, I’m not sure if that’s Jim’s nickname or if it is in general usage. Perhaps the most beautiful of the South African glads, growing in inaccessible crevices in vertical cliffs, it’s been a surprisingly good grower for us, flowering and offsetting well.


GLADIOLUS floribundus miniatus PRICE 1@ $5.50

Strap-like leaves, scapes to 19" with white to pink flowers with a prominent purple stripe down the center of each petal; Cape Province on low mountain sides.


Gladiolus geardii ............... PRICE 1@ $8.00

Also known as Gladiolus robustus, this South African species is hardy here, flowers are large and pink and extremely showy.


Gladiolus ochroleucus PRICE 1@ $6.50

South Africa 18-30" stems; funnel-shaped veined flowers in a wide range of colors, its evergreen in mild climates.


Gladiolus palustris ....... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Central Europe in wet meadows; its 12-18" tall with 4 - 6 magenta flowers in summer.


Gladiolus segetum (italicus) PRICE 1@ $6.50

Europe a weed of cultivated land (I'd be happy to trade my quackgrass for it), 18-24” tall; flowers pink to purple red in late spring.


GLADIOLUS TRISTiS ............... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Almost hardy, unusual rush like leaves to 3' one-sided spikes of 4-5 yellow white tubular fragrant flowers South Africa.


Gladiolus virescens ....... PRICE 1@ $6.50

From the winter rainfall area of the cape the yellowish green veined flowers are orchidlike and very unusual.


gynandiris setifolia ....... PRICE 1@ $5.50

Once included in Iris, attractive alpine house or bulb frame plants, 6" pale blue to lilac and yellow flowers.


Habranthus andersonii PRICE 1@ $4.50

Flowers 2-4cm coppery red in bud opening yellow from Argentina and Chile.


Habranthus andersonii aureus PRICE 1@ $4.50

Aptly named, aureus is golden yellow even in bud.


Habranthus robustus ... PRICE 1@ $4.50

Brazilian species pale rose pink with a greenish base, often confused with all the rest.


Herbertia pratensis........ PRICE 1@ $4.50

Rarely offered member of the genusoriginally described as and alophia, there is a description of the type speciman In Jstor if you want to read the gory details.



a small genus in the Iridacaea seldom seen in cultivation; pulchella is from chile, with dark centered Iris-like flowers and pleated leaves. 


Hermodactylis tuberosus PRICE 1@ $8.00

Snakes Head Iris, strangely beautiful with apple green and velvety black iris-like flowers, it's a monotypic species from the Med. region and a favorite of mine.


Hesperantha baurii (mossii) PRICE 1@ $5.50

Bright pink flowers on 20cm stems from the summer rainfall area of the cape at altitudes to 2000m, dormant in N. hemisphere winters.


Hippaestrum dwarf mix . PRICE 1@ $8.00

A mix of dwarf forms quite unlike the huge monstrosities generally encountered.


Hippaestrum sp.? 3594 .... PRICE 1@ $8.00

Another dwarf form, these are from seed exchange seed.


Hippaestrum sp.? BCW 5038 PRICE 1@ $8.00

From a John Watson collection, these look like they are going to be small and I would expect tender, treat them like a miniature amaryllis.


Homeria collina (breyniana) PRICE 1@ $5.50

Popular South African bulbous plant that may reach 18", the 1 1/2" golden yellow to peach colored Sisyrinchium like flowers are produced from June to August.


Homeria OCHROLEUCA ....... PRICE 1@ $5.50

Stems to 2', yellow flowers stained orange at the center, with a musky scent.


Hyacinthella azurea (MUSCARI azurea)          PRICE 1@ $650

Its a small Grape Hyacinth-like plant from Turkey, with flaring campanulate bells.


hyacinthioides hispanica ROSEA PRICE 1@ $6.50

Close to Non-Scriptus but more robust with erect and more open flowers, hybrids between the two are common, and many named forms exist.


Hyacinthus amethystinus see Brimurea amethystinus


HYACINTHUS (hyacinthioides)(Endymion) non-scriptus          1@ $6.50

Bluebells, well-known woodland colonizer, an excellent plant, see the photo in Rix, bulbs.


Hyacinthus tabrizianus PRICE 1@ $8.00

A fantastic dwarf species endemic to the region around Tabriz in Iran, 5mm wide leaves and a tiny spike of 4mm white flowers that shade to blue at the tips, this elfin gem is perfect for a trough or bulb frame.


HYMENOCALLIS aff. liriosome PRICE 1@ $8.00

An eastern American bulb in the Amaryllidacaea that looks a bit like Pancratium, its commonly known as a Spider Lily. We wouldn’t be surprised if these turn out to be coronaria or occidentalis when they finally flower. The genus name translates to beautiful membrane, as in the thing virgins often mysteriously lack. The snowy white yellow-throated flowers are extremely fragrant and can reach 20cm across; they are hardy quite far north with protection.


Hymenocallis littoralis PRICE 1@ $8.00

Enough erotica, this has all the exciting attributes of the previous, but magnified to almost twice the size, it’s native to Central and South America and tender.


Ipheion uniflora ................. PRICE 1@ $5.50

South American but surprisingly hardy growing in temperate Argentina, this has been a Brodia and Tritelia at one time or another the confusion dates to antequity, the starry 4cm flowers open when the sun shines.


Ipheion uniflora 'Pink Form' PRICE 1@ $6.50

An apparently unnamed pink form courtesy of Marion, much rarer in cultivation than the blue forms.


Ipheion ‘Rolf Fieldler’ ... PRICE 1@ $6.50

A gift several years ago from Marion Jarvie, we grow this in a cold greenhouse and it puts on quite a display with big clear blue flowers. There are about ten species of Ipheion, although uniflora seems to be the only one in general cultivation, and Rolf Fielder is either a selection or hybrid of it.


Ixia viridiflora ...................... PRICE 1@ $6.50

A charming thing from the cape we grew it years ago and were enchanted by the tourquois flowers, I managed to reacquire some seed and now it is back, these haven’t flowered and many named forms have been selected if they turn out other than tourquois than the seed was from cultivated material.


Lachenalia fistulosa ..... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Spotted leaves and light yellow flowers with darker tips .


Lachenalia liliflora ....... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Flowers white inners segments protruding with magenta tips.


Lachenalia orchioides ... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Leaves may be spotted or not, flowers strongly fragrant multicolored with subtle shadings that are hard to describe.


Lachenalia pustulata blue PRICE 1@ $6.50

Strange pustule like warts on the leaves, this is an odd little bulb from the Cape, creamy yellow campanulate flowers on 1' stems.


Lapeirousia anceps .......... PRICE 1@ $4.50

Looking like a miniature Gladiolus, with a spike bearing a half dozen pink or white flowers; I know, this sounds like all my Lapeirousia descriptions.


Lapeirousia divericata (anomatheca divericata)         PRICE 1@ $4.50

White to cream pink marked flowers 30cm similar to the above.


Leucojum aestivum .......... PRICE 1@ $5.50

Commonly known as Summer Snowflake an English native related to Galanthus, bell shaped milky flowers tipped in green, it is moisture tolerant and great for naturalizing


Leucojum AUTUMNALE ..... PRICE 1@ $6.50

Fall flowering as you would expect, leaves appear after the flowers 1-3 white flowers with a pink tinge on 6" stems.


Leucojum autumnale select red calyx        PRICE 1@ $5.50

As above but with a distinctive red calyx at the base of the flowers.


Leucojum niacensis ......... PRICE 1@ $5.50

Similar to the autumnale but spring blooming, narrow leaves appear with the white flowers native to the coast of France and very rare in the wild.


Leucojum roseum .............. PRICE 1@ $5.50

Like a smaller more delicate autumnale with pink flowers, it looks cute in a trough.


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