Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Bulbs and other English Garden topics.
Many plants sold as "Bulbs," botanically are not. For those of you who like to know these things, here are the definitions and a few examples of each type:
Bulb: A modified,much shortened shoot, enclosed by scale leaves and used to store food.
Examples: Lillies and Crinums.
Corm: Swollen stem base, used to store food.
Examples: Gladioli and Freesias.
Tuber: Modified swollen roots, used to store food.
Examples: Dahlias and Begonia.
Rhizome: A modified stem with scale leaves growing at or below ground level.
Examples: Clivia and Canna.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|