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Bulbs

By The Old House Web

The following is a list of bulb plants according to type of storage organ.

True bulbs have a short underground stem called a basal plate. This plate is surrounded by "scales" or fleshy leaves that protect the growing point and tissue, and usually a flower. The dry, outer layers are referred to as the tunic. Simply, bulbs are leaf material.

Bulbets, or offsets, are the small bulbs produced to the side of the bulb. Bulbils are the small bulbs produced above ground in the leaf axils, usually on lilies.

Examples include:

  • Alliums (Flowering Onions)
  • Lycorus (Surprise Lily, Magic LIly)
  • Chionodoxa (Glory-in-the-Snow)
  • Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)
  • Fritillaria (Crown Imperial)
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Galanthus Ornithogalum Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)
  • Oxalis Hyacinth Scilla (Squills)
  • Iris (bulbous types)
  • Tigridia Lilium (Lily)
  • Tulipa (Tulip)


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