An Online Bulb Identifier

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Kathy asked me to help identify a blue flowering bulb and in the back of my mind I didn’t think there were any 5-petalled bulbs. I wished I had a bulb book keyed backwards by identifying characteristics like some of my wildflower books are. And, ta-da, there is one at World Wide Flowering Plant Family Identification, though it won’t fit in my knapsack with the other books. As a person always wondering what things are, this looks to be a useful site. If you can remember or scribble down the big things (# petals, leaves opposite, etc), you can steer pretty close; with a flower sample you’d be home.

About the Author

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies–the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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