Allium schubertii

Jim McKenney
Wed, 09 Aug 2006 07:58:58 PDT
I've never raised Allium schubertii from seed, so I won't have anything to
say about raising it from seed.

However, I would like to take advantage of this topic to see what other list
member have to say about this species (or these species - read on).

The plant in commerce as Allium schubertii seems to be sensitive to wet
summers here in Maryland. Winter hardiness is not a problem, but the bulbs
sometimes disappear after blooming for me. But not for everyone: a friend
grows this species to huge dimensions, much bigger than anything I have seen
on first year bulbs. 

Rix and Phillips, The Random House Book of Bulbs, claim that true Allium
schubertii is not particularly cold hardy. On the other hand, a similar
species, Allium protensum, is supposed to be very cold hardy. And so that
raises the question: is the plant in commerce Allium schubertii or A.

Do our onion experts know their onions?

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Iris dichotoma is
putting on a really nice display this year, and a so-far unidentified Bubine
is blooming modestly. 

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