Like so many things in horticulture, the term "bulb"
has taken on all kinds of meanings. Many plant
tissues are incorrectly called bulbs
tuberous roots or storage
A true bulb is a swollen underground bud formed from fleshy
scales or leaf bases which acts as a storage unit to enable various plants to rest in a
dormant state during part of the year. Bulbs include
alliums (ornamental onions)
Our index of commonly
contains many of those used in the home landscape in
the temperate regions of North America.