Jim McKenney email@example.com wrote: >Mark McDonough mentioned fragrance for Allium >perdulce. Mark, is Allium moschatum fragrant? The >name suggests that it might be. Well, "moschatum" means musky or musk-scented, which of course is not a particularly pleasurable scent for most sniffers. I don't recall any particular scent on this species, so I suspect my specimens are inodorous (I always take note of floral scents). However, an allied species in the same genus section; Scorodon, namely Allium callimischon ssp. haemostictum; and a delightful dwarf autumn blooming species in its own right, has flowers that reek at close hand with the stench of gas. I know only of a couple foul-smelling allium species, whereas most species are lightly fragrant, and quite a number are intensely fragrant... in fact a recently named subsection of the genus Allium described in 1994, is entirely based on fact the blossoms are intensely like hyacinths; subsection Odoratae R. M. Fritsch. Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States firstname.lastname@example.org "New England" USDA Zone 5 ============================================== >> web site under construction - http://www.plantbuzz.com/ << alliums, bulbs, penstemons, hardy hibiscus, western american alpines, iris, plants of all types!