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Sierra Vista, AZ
Jun 20, 2017 10:31 AM CST
most of my bulbs their flower produce no sent. I was just wonder if there were those that did produce a fragrance.

My contention is that bulbs need no fragrance for reproduce or need too pollinate.

Name: Sue
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Jun 20, 2017 10:38 AM CST

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is known for its fragrance, just for one example. Hyacinths would be another.

And this, Lilium regale:

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Jun 20, 2017 10:58 AM CST
Hi and welcome. Lots of plants that bloom from bulbs are also fragrant. Most do produce pollen, make seeds and seed themselves as well as reproduce underground by making new bulbs. It's a "chicken and egg" scenario because you need a plant with green leaves to make a bulb, and that plant may or may not originally grow from a parent plant with a baby bulb, or from a seedling. Which came first, the seed or the plant??

Many daffodils and narcissus are very fragrant. Here in the hot and humid South we have Crinum lilies that are fragrant, and also other exotic bulbs like Peruvian daffodil (not really a daffodil) that have a lot of fragrance.
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Freesias smell so good Smiling
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Jun 20, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Tarev beat me to it. I was going to say Freesias! They are my favorite, but I have to keep them in the greenhouse. My husband doesn't care for the scent in the house.
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Jun 20, 2017 11:49 AM CST
"Which came first, the seed or the plant??"

The seed did because it looked nothing like its parent. Genetic variability. Smiling
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Jun 20, 2017 11:50 AM CST
Lots of lilies a stargazer.
Sierra Vista, AZ
Jun 20, 2017 12:33 PM CST
What an active forum, thanks to all of you, I'm not much when it comes to a green thumb, but I do know what I like and the photos are gorgeous.

Guess that chicken and egg stuff may say it all to my question. I was always under the impression that there was some kind of evaluation or development in the beginning for both plant and flower.

Thanks Again.

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