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Friday, May 25, 2012

Alliums, part deux

More alliums, all in bloom at this time, thanks to a contributor who gardens on the northwest side of Ann Arbor. All comments are hers except where noted. 

Allium albopilosum
in cultivation since about 1901; not a self-seeder.
(ed. note: this species is often listed in the trade as "Star of Persia" or "Persian onion." Some references refer to it as being synonymous with A. christophii. Information available on the internet is confusing.)

Allium unifolium:
Introduced into cultivation circa 1873, this species is approximately 12 inches tall with pink florets. It does seed around a bit.

Allium Silver Spring:
This is a 1999 selection of A. multibulbosum. Sweetly-scented white flowers with lovely garnet centers in a sweetly scented white. I just got this last fall as small bulbs, so the flower head is not as full as it would be on a more mature bulb. Still
quite expensive, easily $10 for a small example mail order.

Allium Globemaster:
A gorgeous 1971 hybrid; definitely should be planted in full sun. Mine are planted in half-sun and the globes have decreased by 50% over the years, despite being fertilized. Sterile, thus no self-seeding. 


  1. Are these planted as bulbs? Do they regenerate or do you have to re plant a bulb?

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