Native bulbs at Shonnard’s!
Bulbs are integral parts of our native flora, and deeply bonded to our outdoor experiences. The awe of watching the green swampy meadow submerge in a sea of uniform blue camas, the delight of discovering a carpet of fawn lily or shooting star in a dappled wood, the sudden surprise of finding the delicate beauty of mariposas amid a rocky scrub are some of the highlights of time spent out in nature in western Oregon. Apart from their aesthetics, native bulbs also fill important niches in our ecosystems. Our native fauna, bugs and birds and mammals alike, have co-evolved with these species – plants that are perfectly suited to provide for their habitat needs.
- Buy soon, and plant immediately. Most of our native bulbs begin their growing cycle right now, and many of them are challenging to hold for planting a few weeks down the road.
- Select bulbs suited to your site’s lighting. Mariposa and shooting star are quite adaptable, but trilliums and fawn lilies won’t tolerate hot sun; ookow and cluster-lilies require full sun, but camas and tiger lily will grow just fine in dappled shade.
- Many of our native bulbs require a dry resting period in summer, and are not suited for irrigated landscapes. Mariposas, chocolate lilies, ookow, and fawn lilies are examples of native bulbs that prefer to dry out in the summer. A few native bulbs don’t like sites that dry out too much (or too fast) – notably camas, and some of the alliums.