Hello, Fred. Allium cernuum and many other clumping onions often do look like small leeks when they are shipped. This is because they are dug and stored. My nursery is so small that advance digging of some species does not make sense. When we get an order, we tip a clump out of a pot, or fork it out of the ground, knock of the sandy mix, cut off the tops by half to two-thirds and send the bulbs in slightly moist peat. I hear they do pretty well. Notes: This is an Allium native in much of North America. The plants do vary in color of leaf and flower, height, etc. I can't prove that their cold tolerance varies, too -- some of my plants descend from seeds in the Zone 3 interior of British Columbia, but I grow them all here in Zone 6. But perhaps you got a plant used to warmer climates than where you live. It could also be (though I don't wish to offend you) that you planted your plants late, or in hostile conditions. These things happen. Even nurseries sometimes mis-plant. Paige Woodward email@example.com http://www.hillkeep.ca/ ----- Original Message ----- From: "arlen jose" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <email@example.com> Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2005 5:00 PM Subject: [pbs] Allium Cernuum > Hello All, > > Does anyone know of a good source for this Allium?