10 Cultivars Listed
A new introduction, Arctic Bells is a bulbocodium from Walter Blom. It is classified as a Yellow-Yellow, but it is more of a white flower, in the way that White petticoat is white. We were surprised to see the seed parent is the perfect bloomer “Border Beauty”, picture attached. Who would think of that ?
Here's a lively new bulbocodium introduction. Cup is lightly ribbed. She is not registered as such, but for the time being we are listing it as Ballroom Belle. It was acquired as Blom Hoop 2 - 146.
A most demure all yellow bulbocodium from Mr. Blom, Capella is reserved in that most of the sexual parts are tucked neatly within the cup. Soft color, nowhere near brassy, chaste form. Scented and long lasting.
A very small, all golden yellow Bulbocodium from Walter Blom.
This bulbocodium has very long petals, soft color and a bit of the petunia shape in the cup that is sought after by breeders and benchers. Extended stamens and stigma. Not registered.
Blom 111-16 Delicate Design
Mary Poppins is a platinum blonde with pale silver-yellow blooms that are tough and long lasting as a strict governess. Strong grower that can increase rapidly. Mary seems to tolerate Zone 6 but is probably happier in Zones 7 and 8. Dwarf and miniature
The bulbocodium you will most likely find today in the commercial trade, Oxford Gold was widely adopted by large growers soon after its introduction, A robust grower with an upright habit and full on chrome yellow color. Perhaps Oxford gets its virility and fragrance from its species Jonquil pollen parent. Probably not a miniature, makes a large bloom and plant for a 10.
Spoirot is an all white Bulbocodium from Tasmania. Seed fertile, several descendants. Agatha Christie reference - Hercule Poirot,
White Petticoat is recently registered, but I consider her to be the standard bearer of white bulbocodium cultivars, rounder, smoother and a little less petunia-flowered than cantabricus. If you want to wake up on a fine spring morning to a sea of happy white hoop faces in your garden this is the one to make it so. Said to be fragrant, but when petticoat blooms for us it is cold and the ground is so very far away from our olfactory nerves. Many bulbocodium enthusiasts grow this division in pots in the greenhouse, that's an easier sniff laboratory.