Jane I've grown Allium scorzonerifolium v xericiense in the open garden for years--it is somewhat like a more attractive and daintier A. moly, the leaves being very narrow as compared to that plant. It grows quite well in a bed with bearded irises that is not watered during the summer. By the bye, the type plant A. scorzonerifolium v scorzonerifolium with its head of bulbils and maybe a single floret or two has proved to be a weed in Betty Lowry's rock garden in Renton,WA. It is only to be recommended to the most ardent of Alliophils. Jerry John Flintoff Vashon Island, Washigton, USA Zone 8- the monsoon is here!