Many spring flowering bulbs grow actively when natural spring rainfalls keep soils moist. They stop active growth and go dormant in the summer when soils dry down. Most of these bulbs can be used in water-conserving landscapes. Species native to dry regions of the world can be used in even the driest parts of the garden.
|Allium cernuum||Nodding onion|
|Anemone blanda ●||Grecian windflower|
|Chionodoxa spp. @||Glory-of-the-snow|
|Fritillaria imperialis ●||Crown imperial|
|Galanthus nivalis ●||Common snowdrop|
|Iris reticulata||Netted iris|
|Muscari spp.||Grape hyacinth|
|Scilla spp. ●@||Squill|
|Tulipa batalinii||Species tulip|
Scientific and common names are listed for each plant. Plants are listed in alphabetical order by scientific name.
If the scientific name has a link, it leads to a page with photos and cultural information. If the common name has a link, it leads to photos, but not to cultural information.
Key to symbols
spp. = More than one species is water-conserving
● = Suitable for dry shade; amount of shade varies
N = Native to Washington or Idaho
@ = May reseed or spread
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