Plants of the Week: April 11

Plants of the Week: April 11

Bellevalia pycnantha gravel beds (3) JWCSpecies tulips and other unusual smaller bulbs have emerged amongst the recently burned yet greening tufts of Sporobolus heterolepis. Bellevalia pycnantha is one such bulb. At a glance Bellevalia looks like Muscari, the grape hyacinth. Known as the giant grape hyacinth, Bellevalia bears larger opaque bluish-black flowers lined with a thin yellow margin. An heirloom bulb (1835), giant grape hyacinth is ideal for gravely, gritty soils and rock gardens. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Magnolia 'Coral Lake' (1) JWC

Magnolia ‘Coral Lake’ sports luminescent coral-pink cup-shaped flowers with yellow overtones and green stripes. Each flower, unique in its coloration, typically bears 11 upright tepals atop the branches in mid-spring. This David Leach selection originated as a cross between Magnolia ‘Legend’ and Magnolia ‘Butterflies’. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Arisaema ringens emerging (7) JWC

As if summoned by some foul malevolent sorcery, Arisaema ringens thrusts forth from the earth. Native to Japan, this arcane looking tuberous perennial produces a single stalk containing two glossy green trifoliate leaves, with each leaf having three ovate to elliptic leaflets. A cobra-like flower arises from the center of the leaf stalk in spring. Curious and easy to grow, A. ringens thrives in full to partial shade. Photo credit: J. Coceano

Josh Coceano
jcocean1@swarthmore.edu
2 Comments
  • Sue
    Posted at 13:10h, 13 April Reply

    Where can one get this Bellevalia?

    • Josh Coceano
      Posted at 14:36h, 14 April Reply

      We sourced our bulbs from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Likely other bulb companies also carry Bellevalia. They are available for fall planting.

      Josh Coceano, Horticulturist

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