Lisa Flaum email@example.com wrote: >My A rubrovittatum, which came from Jane, >flowers at about 4" (10cm). It is fairly dry in >the summer-perhaps its stunted? >Mark, it is growing outside in my rock garden, >a southfacing clay slope, amended with >chicken grit and horse manure. I plan to try >some in a trough because they are easily >overlooked in the garden. Lisa, from a follow-up message I understand you garden in central USA someplace. Can you tell us whwre and what you climate and zone are, to give context to the fact you are able to grow Allium rubrovittatum outside. Do you consider it reliably hardy for you? How many winters has it survived outdoors? I've tried it twice here in New England, and both times it didn't survive the winter, but maybe I haven't found the right spot for it. It is a cute plant if you like true miniatures. You've given me some clues on how I might treat it next time around. By the way, in Seattle I grew a form of Allium parciflorum that was only about 2-3" tall... absolutely minute. I no longer have that form, but in New England I grow a iron-clad hardy form of this Mediterranean that grows 12"-16" tall... a filmy mass of thready stems and a haze of tiny pinkish bugles in July. This form is large enough, and the bulbs prolific enough building into clumps, to make a noticeable display in mid-summer, whereas the smaller forms are only suitable to a trough or pot. 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!