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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Strangeness amongst the Alliums

Two curious garden events just merged in my mind with a flash. Recently some four-foot tall allium stems appeared in my garden, and I've been waiting to see what kind of bizarre mutation will present itself. Also, I've long been wondering what ever happened to the pile of Allium 'Hair' bulbs I planted a couple years ago. Well, duh, I have just been informed by a friend that these are one and the same. She sent me a picture from her garden with the following note: "This mutation of the drumstick allium, A. sphaerocephalon, reaches 3 feet in my garden. It has threadlike tissue emanating from a burgundy center that looks like a cluster of beads.  Whether you like it or not, it is surely a conversation piece....." I'd say this is truly my kind of plant.

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