Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland

Flowering to-day

February 28, 2012

Categories: Hybridizing, Seedling, Show Results

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N. scaberulus showing the characteristic ‘cup wider than it is long’ but a rather narrow petal form.
The N. asturiensis x N. cyclamineus cross is very prolific, each plant is clumping up nicely and though the flowers may not all be of show form I think they will make nice garden plants with staying power. I have selected a few but as a group they are pretty similar. A specially flanged and toothed form of asturiensis was used as the seed parent and combined with the Portugese from of N. cyclamineus it has given the sort of dramatic trumpets depicted.
The well known ‘Minicycla’ is from the same parents but these seedlings cannot bear that name as ‘Minicycla’ was a selected clone. Perhaps ‘Minicycla Group’ may be appropriate?

2 Responses to Flowering to-day

  1. Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    February 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm


    Nice N. scaberulus! Hope indeed it does have staying power. People should line up for it if it is a good garden plant!!! I have had the devil’s own time keeping individual bulbs and Selections of N. scaberulus alive for more than four or five years running.

    Have had to self some flowers almost every year to keep the species coming along and maintain it here. Have had the same type of thing (severe losses) with many crosses made with N. scaberulus here. Really terrific to get a strong growing form!


  2. Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    Stephen Vinisky, Oregon
    February 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm


    Sorry, you are right, I did misunderstand. I really can read and most times comprehend……. Trying to do too much here in too little time. I sure was honestly excited for you!!!

    Have a few hundred Miniature flowers now open with a whole lot more buds at or just a bit above ground level. We are under an un-predicted Severe Weather Watch tonight through Thursday night and they are calling for 20F degree weather and the potential of 6″ of snow above 500′; lucky me. Quality will probably go to hell unless the snow comes first and covers things. Oh well.