Is this a Minerva bud or some exciting mislabeled?

bunnynomnom(zone 10a)April 23, 2013

Recently I got these huge 40+ mother bulbs from Park Seeds labeled as Minerva and I've been intently watching these bulbs putting up 2,3 strong scapes. Today I was peeling back the outer layer to peek at the inside bud counts and notice these surprising dark chocolate lines on the buds. The buds don't look very Minerva to me but somewhat similar to the Exotic Star that just bloomed! Well, not quite, the bud isn't as long and slim like ES. I am very curious if this might be some wonderful mislabeled bulbs? . Maybe you bud-watchers out there can tell me what it is?

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bunnynomnom(zone 10a)

A close up of that bud.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 9:00PM
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snarfie

i think it isn't an minerva, because an minerva has red on the outside of the bloom and white inside, this looks like it is inverse.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 1:58AM
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dondeldux

My,

I'm not sure as the colors on buds can change drastically as the color deepens.

But, whatever you've got there it looks like a real super bud producer..do I see 6 buds or more?? They look extremely healthy and I can't wait to see what you've got either!!

Please post as the buds come along...sometimes mislabeled bulbs can yield some great surprises!

Donna

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 6:48AM
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bunnynomnom(zone 10a)

Hi Snarfie and Donna,

Yes, this bulb is sending up lots of blooms. I counted 5 and 6 buds for the 2 scapes. Some bulbs of this kind are sending up 3 scapes!

And it is definitely not a Minerva, but something I have no idea of. Maybe you can help ID this one?

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 1:58AM
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dangles

wow that is nice got ant to spare I love it well done and happy growing danny

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 2:47AM
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dondeldux

My,

I suppose it could be Ambiance but there is another one that looks similar too but the name escapes me. Here is my Ambiance and it has a thin red picotee edge does yours? If not, if may be the one I can't think of..

Donna

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:26PM
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dondeldux

The other one I was thinking off was Amorice. Here is a picture from the internet. See if you think this might be it...

Here is a link that might be useful: amorice

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:21PM
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berkeleysgr8(8B)

Whatever it is, I think it is prettier than Minerva! -Tina

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 9:00PM
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rgebczynski

Hah I think it reminds me of my mislabel Minerva you noticed Donna a few days ago.

Rob

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 3:55AM
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snarfie

hippeastrum vittatum?

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:25AM
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bunnynomnom(zone 10a)

Thanks, Donna. I think you were right that it could be Ambience. I took some more pictures of new blooms and they have a little bit more red, but nowhere near as red as yours, Donna. Maybe this is their first year blooming and stressed from not having much roots yet. Hopefully next year.

Although I also like this whiter variation on the other bulb as it ages:

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:30AM
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