Bulbs forum: bulb ID

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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Jan 23, 2017 7:50 PM CST
I received as a gift a jute planting container. Included was a bag labeled 'winter flower bulbs'. The bulbs look like hard, dark brown, shriveled things about the size and shape of a little- larger- than- normal chocolate chip. Does anyone know what kind of flower they might be? Thanks so much for your help!!



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Jan 24, 2017 12:33 AM CST

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Would you be able to take a photo and upload it so we can see what they are? If they are winter flowering, then that will definitely narrow it down.
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hostasmore
Jan 24, 2017 2:51 PM CST
My guess would be Ranunculus. They are available at nurseries very early in the Spring.
PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Jan 24, 2017 3:11 PM CST
Unfortunately, it takes me forever to figure out how to post a picture! I can tell you that I have looked at images of the following spring blooming bulbs, and none of them seem to match the description I gave on my first post: crocus, anenome, ranuculus, windflower, scilla, glory of the snow, winter aconite, snowdrop and puschkinia. Gosh, what's left for very early bloomers???
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jmorth
Jan 30, 2017 4:11 PM CST
Oxalis bulb?

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Arico
Jan 30, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Ranunculus, Anemone....Hard to say without a pic.
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jmorth
Jan 30, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Another small bulb though this one usually is considered a summer bloomer:
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Jan 30, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Cyclamen ? pic -
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Jan 30, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Ixia ?
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Jan 30, 2017 4:50 PM CST
Sparaxis ?
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Jan 30, 2017 4:56 PM CST
Fritillaria ?

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jmorth
Jan 30, 2017 4:59 PM CST
what color are the mystery bulbs?
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Jan 30, 2017 8:21 PM CST
Fressia?
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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Jan 31, 2017 2:16 PM CST

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Ok, everyone--with a little help from my friends--my son to be exact :), I can now show you a picture of these mystery bulbs! Thank all of you so much for posting your pictures--the one I thought they most look like was the picture of the achimenes cattleya bulbs. What do the rest of you think??
PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Jan 31, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Me again--I just googled more close-up images of achimenes cattleya bulbs--nope--they don't look like that at all!! What the heck are they??
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plantladylin
Feb 1, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Kind of reminds me of Ranunculus too:
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vanozzi
Feb 4, 2017 5:14 AM CST
G'day Pinkruffles, your ''bulbs'' are those of Anemone coronaria
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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Feb 4, 2017 10:41 AM CST
Thank You! Thank you so very much, Paul,--and EVERYONE, for your help, suggestions, and pictures!!! Looking back on the responses, I see that Lee-Roy also suggested anemone. I did check out every suggestion given to me on google images and I it seemed to me that none of them matched what I had. But when I typed in 'anemone coronaria' instead of just 'anemone', I got some different images--one of which showed me that some of the bulbs look like shriveled, pointy chocolate chips, and others have a rounder bumpy shape, just like mine. Mystery finally solved!! :)
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kniphofia
Feb 4, 2017 10:51 AM CST
Also worth considering is Erythronium - so name dens-canis because of their similarity to a dog's tooth.

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