Allium flavum

Allium flavum L. is native to the Mediterranean. It is one of the species which has been selected for numerous color forms as seen in the entries below. The photos below were taken by Nhu Nguyen at the UC Botanical Garden in August 2008. The particular accession was collected from France. It grows under the shades of oak trees where it gets filtered sunlight.

Allium flavum, Nhu NguyenAllium flavum, Nhu Nguyen

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum (Besser ex Rchb.) K.Richt. (syn. A. paczoskianum Tuzson) "selected mixed colors" photo taken July 8, 2002 followed by "Selected mixed colors in the morning". You have to love these things; the colors are so lovely, refreshing, and variable. Due to their pastel flower colors, and the fact the florets are waxy and have an underlying color, then covered with a dusty "bloom" or powder of another color on the outside, the color rendition is hard to characterize and each looks very different depending on light and time of day. I particularly like to observe them in the low morning light. Notice too, the wide, boat-shaped spathe valves that mix in with the flower heads, more pronounced on some specimens than others. Photos by Mark McDonough.

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum - mixed colors, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum - mixed colors in the morning, Mark McDonough

Named Color Forms - The following list represents a sampling of named color forms that I selected over the past several years. All photos by Mark McDonough.

The first two photos below are of 'Boston Baked Beans' and the third shows 'Cantaloupe' and 'Tan'

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Boston Baked Beans', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Boston Baked Beans', another view of this beauty with white boat-like spathe segments, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Canteloupe' and 'Tan', Mark McDonough

The first photo below is of 'Cinnamon' - one of my favorite colors, and the first to be selected in the deep orange range. The color changes over it's bloom cycle, but in general could be characterized as a burnt brownish or burnt reddish-orange. As with most "tauricums", the growth is compact and stocky, typically 8"-10" (20-25 cm) in height, clumping well, and with gray or silvered foliage, the silver patina most evident on the stems. The next two photos show 'Drawn Butter' and 'Hot Cauldron 1' . The latter is one of the more lively colored selections I made in summer 2001 with orangy-yellow and pink flowers. There was a "Hot Cauldron 2" selected as well. I believe both were lost over winter due to rodent predation, but I did save seed. In the foreground is a dwarf, deep pink form just "going over".

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Cinnamon', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Drawn Butter', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Hot Cauldron 1', Mark McDonough

The next photo below is of 'Hot Molasses' followed by two of 'Lemon Cooler'

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Hot Molasses', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Lemon Cooler' at dusk, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Lemon Cooler' at Marsha's, Mark McDonough

Photos of 'Lindsey', 'Pastel Parasol', 'Silver Shrimp', and 'Truely Faded', the last in bud, showing the striking silver coloration of stems and spathes.

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Lindsey', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Pastel Parasol', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Silver Shrimp', Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum 'Truely Faded', Mark McDonough

Unnamed Color Forms - The following list show yet more variation in flower color and plant form. All photos by Mark McDonough.

First mixed colors, 2 yr. old seedlings, then 3 yr old seedlings, and an orange from at late anthesis, ageing to rose

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonough

Photos below illustrate orange and pink forms from a squirrel's eye view, orange, pastel two-toned yellow and orange form and pink, a light yet lively form with blue-white stems

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonough

Finally there is a robust wiry-leafed form with bright pink flowers, tawny pastels in pale melon colors, and white-aging-pinkish, and an orange-aging-rose form.

Allium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonoughAllium flavum ssp. tauricum, Mark McDonough

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