Allium elburzense

Mark McDonough
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 12:23:07 PST
Hi Carlo,

As you can see from the photos, it's very short, the stem 3-4" tall, just tall enough to lift the stunning head of bloom above the 3 broad leaves.  It is kin to that whole group of Allium section Acanthoprasum, all rather desirable rock-garden sized dwarf plants along the lines of A. karataviense.  There's a good PDF on 5 of these species (2 newly described ones), with good line drawings, in the PDF link below.…

After seeing Janis Ruksans slide show on Allium, some of the most stunning were these types.  Species to look for include materculae, derderianum, akaka, mirum, bodeanum, brachyscapum, alexejanum, nevskianum, haemanthoides, minutiflorum, and libanii (the true species, not the imposter A. senecsens that it goes around as), and others.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, near the New Hampshire border, USDA Zone 5

Thought spring was near, think again, we just had a foot of snow.

---- wrote: 

From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <> 
Subject: Re: [pbs] Seed of Eurasian Allium 
To: Pacific Bulb Society <> 
Message-ID: <> 
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed; delsp=yes 
Really nice big is the plant (A. elburzense) at flowering?  
It looks alluringly small... 
Carlo A. Balistrieri, Executive Director 
The Gardens at Turtle Point 
Tuxedo Park, NY 
Zone 6 

More information about the pbs mailing list