A stunning result of hybridizer Bob Spotts’ decades long quest to produce all-green daffodils, and perhaps the most beautifully and uniquely colored narcissus I have ever seen. A slew of interesting flowers with varying intensities of verdant color continue to emerge from Bob’s breeding program, but it is hard to think that he could come up with anything any better than Mesa Verde. For the first week after opening the gracefully tapering petals are flushed with emerald; the heart of the small, bright yellow-rimmed cup is flooded with this same gorgeous green. The petals mellow yellow as the weeks(!) go by. The majority of green seen in his hybrids (as does the extraordinarily long bloom life) comes from the genes of Narcissus viridiflorus, an odd autumn flowering species from Morocco, grown successfully in this country only in Southern California’s mild Mediterranean-like climate. This has led to speculation about the ability of viridiflorus progeny to survive in less forgiving areas of the U.S. We know that it is persisting in Greenwich CT and on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, and Bob firmly believes Mesa Verde has enough blood from rugged spring-blooming ancestors that hardiness should not be an issue. I cannot wait to try it in our very harsh conditions. The bulbs we are shipping this year were grown in California by Bob. He registered Mesa Verde in 2001 as Div. 12, since it can sometimes come with 2-3 blooms per stem (again, the influence of the multi-flowered N. viridiflorus).
12G-GGY $75 each
Photo by Ben Garver
Groups of tulip-like cupped flowers are borne close to the soil surface on short greenish tubes. The petals are a bright pinkish-purple with just a touch of white creeping up from the base.
Mid Sept-Late Sept.
$6 each, 3/$15, 5/$24