Ornithogalum or-ni-THOG-al-um is a genus of flowering perennials belonging to the Asparagaceae family and native to South Africa and Southern Mediterranean Europe.The botanical name of the genus is a combination of Greek words ornithos meaning bird and gala meaning milk.This is thought to reference the white color of the flowers.
Hyacinth is a genus of small, flowering plants native to the Mediterranean region. Pronounced hy-uh-SIN-th , the history of these plants is connected to Greek mythology.The story goes that an ancient prince named Hyakinthos was killed by a discus thrown by the Greek god Apollo. The plant that grew on the spot of his death was named after him.
Aztec lily – Sprekelia formosissima sprek-EL-ee-uh, for-mo-SIS-ee-muh , characterized by its large, colorful red flowers, is a commonly grown species from the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae).While this species of the Sprekelia genus is closely related to the Hippeastrum genus it’s native to the rocky hillsides of Mexico and Guatemala.
The Dragon Lily – Dracunculus Vulgaris drak-UN-ko-lus, vul-GAIR-iss is a member of the Araceae family (Aroid – Dieffenbachia, Syngonium) native to the hillsides and rocky areas of the Balkan region, extending as far as Crete, Greece, Aegean Islands, southwest Anatolia, and the Mediterranean.The deciduous tuberous perennials plant has also been introduced in North America, including parts of Canada and the United States, and northern Europe.
Crocus (pronounced KROH-KHUS) is a genus of flowering plants. It comprises over 90 species of perennials and belongs to the iris family.Roughly around 30 Crocus varieties are commonly sold and planted by those who love flowering bulbs.The name of the genus comes from the Greek word Krokus, meaning saffron.
The genus Muscari is a group of perennial plants with over 30 species.The genus was classified in the family Liliaceae but was moved to the asparagus family Asparagaceae.In 1754, Philip Miller established the genus Muscari. The name muscari comes from the Greek word muschos, musk, referring to the scent.
Chlidanthus fragrans klid-an-thuss, FRAY-granz is an exotic bulbous species from the Amaryllidaceae family and close relative of the daffodil.It’s native to South America, specifically in Peru and the Andes.The genus name means “delicate flower” while the species name references the strong citrus scent of the flowers.
Colchicum KOHL-chik-um is a perennial flowering plant genus with about 160 species growing from bulb-like corms.This plant belongs to the family of Colchicaceae and is native to Europe, West Asia, Western Cape, and South Africa.Plants flower from the early fall up to the initial frost spells. Several popular species include:Colchicum SpeciosumColchicum AutumnaleThe common names for Colchicum include:Autumn CrocusMeadow SaffronNaked LadiesPurple CrocusSaffron CrocusMeadow CrocusColchicum Plants CareSize & GrowthThis cormous plant grows up to 6” inches tall during the early fall.
Crocosmia Kroh-KOZ-mee-uh is a flowering plant genus a part of the Iris family (Iridaceae).This plant is native to the Eastern and Southern Africa’s grasslands, from Sudan to South Africa.Popular varieties include Crocosmia Lucifer and Crocosmia x Crocosmiiflora.The common names for Crocosmia include:Falling StarsCopper TipsMontbretiaCrocosmia Bulbs Plant CareSize & GrowthThis plant produces 8 – 12 stems, ranging in heights of 2′ – 4′ feet tall.
Babiana Stricta ba-bee-AN-uh, STRIK-tuh refers to a species of flowering plants in the Iridaceae family.Originating from Cape Province and South Africa, Babiana stricta is a frost-tender plant known for bringing life to home gardens with its richly colored and fragrant flowers.It’s also known by the following common names:Baboon FlowerBlue FreesiaGladiolus NervosusIxia PlicataThe species got the name Babiana (Dutch for baboon) because baboons were seen eating the corms or base stems of these plants growing in forests and other wild areas.
Several decades ago I got my first glimpse of the crown imperial flower – Fritillaria bulbs – in the garden of another plant lover who specialized in every sort of spring-flowering bulb.Blooming in the midst of an acre of eye-catching color, the Fritillaria succeeded in capturing one’s attention immediately because of its majestic height, curious form, and the smoky orange hue of its flowers.
The Camassia Kuh-MAS-ee-uh genus belongs to the Asparagus family.These spring-blooming native plants call the Pacific Northwest of the United States and British Columbia, Canada home.The cut flowers are favorites of florists and make breathtaking bouquets.Create a beautiful bouquet by cutting the stems right after the lowest flower starts opening.
Ixiolirion ik-see-oh-LEER-ee-on , commonly known as lavender mountain lily, a genus of perennial cormous herbs belonging to the Ixioliriceae family and native to southwest Asia.Three species of the striking lily of the Altai genus are spread across central and southwest Asia, extending into the Xinjiang Province in China.
Ixia IKS-ee-uh flower includes a variety of cormous plants from the family of Iridaceae and subfamily of Ixioideae.These plants are native to the South African regions and thrive in the sunniest and hottest areas of the garden.The common names for Ixia Flower include:Ixia plantWand FlowerCorn lilyAfrican Corn lilyAfrican IrisIxia Flower Plants CareSize & GrowthThe most distinctive feature of this plant is its long wiry stems and sword-like leaves.
Sparaxis Spa-RAKS-iss belongs to the family of Iridaceae and has around 13 species native to the South African region.It is a spectacular greenhouse flower which showcases breathtaking colors.This genus of perennials also referred to as Sparaxis:They grows best during the wet winter seasonBlooms during the late spring seasonSurvives underground as dormant corms during the summer seasonThe common names for Sparaxis include:Harlequin flowerWand flowerHarlequin Flower CareSize & GrowthThe Sparaxis tricolor forms a fan-shaped tuft of narrow or linear lance-shaped leaves and sprouts flowers shaped like a funnel with loose spikes.
Anemone coronaria is a plant with many common names, including:Spanish marigoldPoppy AnemoneWindflowerThis vibrant, colorful flowering plant belongs to the genus Anemone part of the Ranunculaceae family and native to the Mediterranean.The name uh-NEM-oh-nee kor-oh-NAR-ee-uh is difficult for many people to pronounce, which is probably why most people simply call it the poppy anemone.
Pseudofumaria lutea syn. Corydalis lutea (kore-ID-uh-liss, LOO-tee-uh) is a short-lived perennial belonging to the poppy family, Papaveraceae and previously known sub-family Fumariaceae.Native to the Alps of Italy and Switzerland, the plant has now been naturalized in other parts of the world.The genus name comes from a Greek word, korydalis.
Chionodoxa forbesii kye-oh-no-DOKS-uh, FORBZ-ee-eye is an early bloomer with a showy carpet of soft violet-blue flowers from the Asparagaceae family.Easily grown in full sun to partial shade, Chionodoxa forbesii comes from the mountainsides in southwestern Turkey.Commonly called glory-of-the-snow, it’s a relatively easy plant to cultivate and may come back year after year.
Scilla is a genus and species of flowering bulbs, commonly paired with Endymion and Chionodoxa.Along with these varieties, there are about 50 to 80 other bulb-forming plants in this genus.These plants belong to the family Asparagaceae and the Scilloideae sub-family.Scilla plants are found natively throughout Europe, Africa, and parts of the Middle East.
The snowdrop flower known as Galanthus guh-LAN-thus is a small genus of bulbous perennials containing about 20 species.These plants belong to the Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) family and mostly come from Europe and the Middle East.All species of Galanthus grow from bulbs and typically contain two leaves and produce downward-facing white flowers.
The Fire Lily, or the Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus belongs to a group of illustrious bulb plants numbering across different plant species.This Amaryllis family member can be found primarily in South Africa, among its many other bulb cousins. It has common names of clivia miniata, fireball lily, orange lily, flame lily or tiger lily.