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Double Roman tazetta

Narcissus tazetta orientalis 'Double Roman'

January 2009. I just discovered a lone flower stalk of this bulb blooming in a shady part of our garden along the driveway, at the foot of a pecan tree. This year, I’ve discovered two new naturalized bulbs along the driveway, which is the most neglected part of our garden, and was home to a huge 1930s-ish planting of Oxblood Lilys, Grand Primo tazettas, irises and crinums. I moved the crinums and irises to sunnier part of the garden, but I am still surprised by what blooms here. In five years I never saw this flower, but I guess conditions were ripe.

According to Southern Bulbs Company, which sells heirloom Texas bulbs, this bulb was once known as ‘Romanus’ and also ‘Constantinople’, which is very similar. According to Scott Ogden the two are different. This is the double form of Chinese Sacred Lily, a beautiful and joyfully fragrant narcissus that also can naturalize here. I’ve written more about my discovery on this blog entry.

I will wait for the flowers and leaves to gather nutrients for a bit and move the bulbs to a different location where they can settle for the summer and perhaps–joy!–multiply elsewhere.