This list is updated with sold out items, as of 8/16/2018
SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2018
2018 has found us in another unusually warm summer, with so many days hitting in the upper 90’s so far. I’ve added a few South Africans to this years list; if you follow the blog at all you know that I had a good collection of them going about 12 years ago, but lost many of them in some hard winters my first few seasons at Illahe. Since it has been so warm and dry, I’ve noticed that a few of the fall bloomers seem to want to be flowering early, so don’t be surprised if you order a fall bloomer and find it in flower. As always I owe a huge thank you to Jane McGary for stock and advice and most of all inspiration to keep at this through the years. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Diana Reeck: her work with Erythroniums the last few years has been inspiring to me as well. Of course thank you to the loyal customers -- without you this wouldn’t be possible.
I’ll probably be done shipping in 2-3 weeks at the most. I’ll do my best to update the list as stuff sells out. As always, numbers of some stuff are very limited, so order right away if you see something you want.
The Nursery: Illahe Nursery and Garden is located in the South Salem hills of the Central Willamette Valley of Oregon at 600 feet in elevation. The climate here has been described as Mediterranean, although it really is cooler and wetter. Rainfall occurs here primarily between the months of October and May and ranges between 40 and 80 inches. Temperatures in the winter rarely fall below 20 deg. F in the winter, but the last few winters have seen temperatures as low as 9 deg. F inside an unheated greenhouse. Summers are generally dry. The Jory loam soil here is deep and extremely fertile. Agriculture in the immediate vicinity is mostly Christmas tree production, vineyards , nursery and grass seed production.
To see pictures of the bulbs, please visit the Illahe blog at www.illaherarebulbs.blogspot.com, or try The Random House Book of Bulbs by Martyn Rix and Roger Phillips, or the highly recommended Pacific Bulb Society website: www.pacificbulbsociety.org.
Size of bulbs: Bulbs have been selected for large size in hopes of providing flowering in the shortest period possible, but some bulbs are available in smaller sizes and those are noted below. Often newly potted bulbs need a year to settle in before flowering. All bulbs are priced per single bulb, unless otherwise noted.
Hardiness: I’m going to do away with this text section as I have recently delved back into growing some South African and South American species. I’ll really have to put this onto the customer to determine hardiness in the local growing area. I will say that I grow primarily in an unheated greenhouse, in western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and I have personally seen temperatures here as low as 9 degrees F., although I will bring tender species into an unheated garage that provides a few degrees of protection, and I commonly use frost blankets in the greenhouse.
Ordering: Please send a list by email. All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to email@example.com
DO NOT FORGET TO TELL ME YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS.
Shipping: I will bill you for Priority Mail postage.
Payment: DO NOT SEND PAYMENT WITH YOUR ORDER. All bulbs are available in limited quantities and you may not receive everything you want. You will be billed after I receive your order, with a Paypal invoice, so you will receive an invoice in an email and I will ship when you have paid. If the money is not deposited within three days of invoicing your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack.
Ordering: Send your order via email. All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shipping: I will bill you for first class postage, rate will be based on your order size. If you desire a faster postage rate please let me know this, and I will let you know the rate when your order is ready to be shipped. I will bill you for Phytosanitary certification, which costs $45 per order. Due to inspection/phytosanitary scheduling I can only offer a few weeks of international shipping so please place your order no later than August 30, 2017. Get together with a garden group and do one big order if you are international and that way we can all save money and time! Seriously, it would help me, you, the plant inspector and the postman if we all consolidated a bit.
Payment: International customers will be required to pay by PayPal. Your order will be filled and inspected, you will be sent an email invoice with the PayPal deposit information. When the money is deposited your order will be shipped. If you must cancel an order, please do so promptly. If the money is not deposited within 3 business days, you will be sent a notification email and your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack. Your bulb order leaves here with Phytosanitary certificate stating that it is free from pests and diseases and therefore not subject to quarantine; however, I do not have any control over the receiving countries’ agricultural inspections, so I cannot offer any guarantee, and the loss should your government hold your bulbs is on you. Please notify me immediately of any issues and I will do what I can.
Remember all bulbs are available in limited quantities, so whether you are domestic or international please realize I sell out of some stuff very quickly, so get your order in as soon as possible. Email is preferred for questions related to bulb purchases.
Please feel free to forward this list to anyone who might be interested.
Illahe Nursery and Gardens
7645 Sunnyside Rd SE
Salem, Or 97306
Allium textile Central United States; clusters of starry white flowers. $2
Allium abramsii Purple flowers, from the Sierra Nevada of California in Fresno, Madera and Tulare Counties. $2
Allium unifolium ‘Wayne Roderick’
Anemone nemorosa ‘Royal Blue’ One of the bluest of the blue Wood Anemones. Tolerant of summer dry shade when dormant. $5
Arum byzantinum Balkans-Turkey; greenish white spathe with some purple. $5
Biarum tenuifolium ssp. abbreviatum Blackish spathes, flowers late summer. $4
Biarum sp. PBS 435 these are huge corms, bloom them and identify it! $3
Camassia cusickii My seed collection from grassland, meadows at about 4,500’ in the Wallowa Mts. About 15 years ago. Large spikes of very light blue flowers. $6
Camassia quamash The food staple of indigenous peoples in the Willamette Valley for millennia, tall blue/purple flower scapes. $3
Calochortus clavatus ssp. clavatus
Chinodoxa ‘Valentines Day’ Blue-Starry shaped flowers, early, Pair with C. hungaricum ‘Valentine’, for a great early show in troughs, pots or rock garden $3
Colchicum ‘White Waterlily’
Colchicum autumnale ‘Nancy Lindsay’
large corms, Fall. $4Sold Out
Colchicum autumnale ‘Rosy Dawn’ large corms, Fall. $4
Colchicum autumnale alboplenum ‘White Waterlily’
Huge, double white flowers. large corms, Fall.
Sardinia-Turkey, large, tessellated pink
flowers, dramatic. $5Sold Out
Mediterranean Meadow Saffron. Dainty Fall bloomer. $3
Colchicum hungaricum ‘Valentine’ Outstanding February bloomer, larger than type, pink. $3
Colchicum montanum Syn. Merendera montana Spain/Portugal, fall bloomer, flowers set close to the soil surface. Nice for troughs/pots/raised beds $4
Colchicum psaridis Southern Greece. Purple-Pink fall. $4
Colchicum-Fall Starter Mix-This offering is for a mix of 3 large corms propagated from my garden beds. They can be any of a mix of C. autumnale hybrids I grow (look at past catalog offerings), and possibly one of the rarer species, for those seeking value and wanting to start or enhance a collection of autumn blooms. 3/$4.
Crocus banaticus. Balkans; once considered its own genus, this Iris-like and very unique treasure has some of the most interesting flowers in its group. $4
Crocus cartwrightianus ‘Marcel’ Stunning selection by Antoine Hoog, violet-throated, with large stigmata and anthers. $5
Crocus cartwrightianus Greece/Crete, probably one of the wild precursors of the fabled saffron crocus, it is a fantastic homegrown substitute for those that like paella. $4
Crocus kosaninii Serbia; lilac fls. $4
Crocus kotschyanus ‘Reliance’ fall; A strong-flowering selection of the species, very reliable performer. $3
Crocus kotschyanus fall; a good performer year to year; if you want a tidy autumn bloomer for the rock garden this is a good one. $3
Crocus thomasii A fantastic fall blooming sativus type, strong saffron fragrance and a great increaser. Adriatic coastal species. $5
Crocus x leonidii ‘Early Gold’ reticulatus x angustifolius hybrid with brilliant yellow flowers usually opening in Feburary for me. Great in the rock garden. $3
Cypella herbertii Interesting irid species from South America, with a long summer bloom period. These are in growth, so I’ll cut them back and bareroot them. Up to you If you want to dry them down or force them back into growth, for me they bloom all the way up to frost and get overwintered in the shop in sawdust. $8
Erythronium ‘Pacific Sunset Strain’
Large sulphur yellow flowers on this
vigorous hybrid, said to be a cross of E. californicum White Beauty and E.
tuolumnense, vigorous at clumping as well. 1 per customer, $7Sold Out
California, Greenish, stinky bells, $5Sold Out
Fritillaria biflora "grayana" A vigorous form, flowering in late spring, California. $6
Fritillaria crassifolia JJA 17255
From the Archibald catalog: Iran,
Kordestan, SW of Daraki (S of Marivan). 2500m. SW-facing limestone slope. #2nd
pic (This coll. has to be almost precisely on Wendelbo’s Iranian locality for
F. crassifolia subsp. poluninii but this is a big, robust plant about
25cm. $6sold out
Fritillaria crassifolia JJA 17255
Fritillaria davisii Short stems, dark pendent bells, increases well. $4
Fritillaria pudica lovely, yellow, nodding bells, drought tolerant. $2
Fritillaria purdyi x biflora Robust strain that arose with Jane; these are F2 seedlings, typically will have purdyi-type black-and-white checked flowers on robust biflora-type foliage and stems. $5
Ferraria I have had a long-running passion for this genus and a few hard winters in the first few years I was at illahe taught me a hard lesson about hardiness. But I’m back at it again, with a few provisions for winter protection I’ve been building up a stock once again. Maybe the climate change I’m seeing happen will open up the Willamette Valley to production.
Ferraria schaeferi The starfish lily, yellow flowers with brown blotching and mottling, sweetly scented. From the winter rainfall region of Namaqualand South Africa. $4
Ferraria crispa Highly variable species, seed grown corms. Coastal Namaqualand and the Cape of South Africa. $4
Ferraria uncinata Bluish Violet, yellow and brown flowers. Cape of South Africa. $4
Geranium macrostylum ‘Talish’ Tuberous species collected by Janis Ruksans in the Talish Mountains of Northwest Iran. $4
Gladiolus tristis The absolutely stunning and fragrant, Marsh Afrikaner, one of my favorites in the genera of bulbous flowering plants. $6
Narcissus romieuxii ‘Julia Jane’ Deep yellow widely flared “hoop petticoat” flowers, Very early. $4
Narciussus bulbocodium petite hoop peticoats in light yellow. Southern France. $3
Narcissus bulbocodium var. nivalis, small species from the Atlas Mountains, great for troughs or pots. $4
Narcissus wilkommii A deep yellow Jonquilla species with a large corona. $3
Narcissus x odorus Hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. pseudonarcissus or perhaps N. hispanicus. Since it has been known in cultivation since 16th century, is it surprising the actual parents aren’t known? $3
Notholirion thomsonianum Kashmir/Himalaya. Winter grower. Superb pink Fls. $4
Scilla verna For some reason I like to think of this as Europe’s version of the indomitable Camas. $3
Carnivorous Plants: I have to ship these as bareroots in moistened peat or vermiculite, with the pitchers cut back or folded over. Not sure about the viability of International shipping but I will try if you are willing to pay for it
Darlingtonia californica Oregon’s own unique pitcher plant, the Cobra Lily. This form is incredibly stoloniferous, and has been an easy grower given a cool aquatic root run, these are established quart pot sized specimens. $20.
Sarracenia minor The Hooded Pitcher from pine savannas, North Carolina to Florida. One of the species capable of growing in slightly drier conditions. $14
Sarracenia leucophylla The White Topped Pitcher plant, from bogs and pine savannas from Mississippi to Alabama, a stunning bug killer. $14
Sarracenia sp. I think this is S. oreophila, but that is really, really rare……???? From cultivated source material, as are all the offerings except seeds. $25