A brilliant Allium

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Wed, 21 May 2003 19:11:33 PDT
The alliums are starting to flower, including the western species. The 
brightest one in the bulb frames, and new to me, is Allium scorzonerifolium 
ssp. xericense. I bought it as a bulb from Monocot Nursery last year. The 
flowering stem is about 16 inches (40 cm) tall, topped with an 
inflorescence of fairly numerous florest of good size, very bright clear 
yellow with a little darker yellow in the center adding depth to the color. 
They are about the color of Calochortus monophyllus and C. amabilis, which 
are also in flower here.

I assume from the name that this is a summer-dry species. Its foliage is 
already withering, much like some of the brodiaeas (more on them in a later 

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon

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