White onion

AW awilson@avonia.com
Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:13:31 PST
Hi Lauw,

It's been a long time since we chatted. Hope you're keping well.

Oh, I am quite aware of the species! It has been growing here for thirty
years. It grows very well, with a tendency to spread too much. It needs
constant watching. For that reason I keep it away from grass and let it grow
in sharp gravel. So, it serves a different purpose than Galanthus. I also
make sure it does not come anywhere close to our native Allium species that
grow in the chaparral. Visitors, mostly from Europe, remark upon it. Others
wonder where the smell is coming from!

San Diego

Hello Andrew,
This is Allium neopolitanum. On the Cote d'Azur (2hours east of here) a
selection of this species (with  very straight thick stem) is  grown on a 
large scale for cut flowers.   Flowers there from end of January, here it  
flowers March-April, very often naturalised in lawns. And we have snowdrops
as well (mainly G. elwesii)!

Lauw de Jager
South of France

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