Allium perdulce

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:49:24 PDT

Now that I am panting with Bulblust, does anyone know where to get some of these onions?


On Wed, 4/8/15, Ellen Hornig <> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [pbs] Allium perdulce
 To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
 Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 1:42 PM
 Oh, I have to reminisce a
 little here!  Many years ago I spoke in
 Pittsburgh to the NARGS chapter there, and
 before my talk I was taken to
 visit the
 gardens of Carl Gehenio (now deceased).  Carl was a
 generous man,
 and he gave me several things,
 one of which was Allium perdulce.  It wasn't
 in bloom; he insisted I must have it; I will
 have to admit it barely
 registered with
 me.  I did plant it, carelessly, without much regard for
 conditions, and it thrived.  By the time it
 bloomed I'd lost the tag and
 what it was, but I certainly was impressed by the
 About the same
 time Aaron F. extolled its virtues to me and told me I
 to try it, even if I avoided alliums as
 a group.  I finally put two and two
 together, and realized I'd had it for
 When I moved, I
 brought what I could find (my husband having managed to
 pull most of it when he was
 "weeding"), and three years later I have three
 healthy little clumps.  These postings remind
 me that I need to move them
 to a place where
 they won't be drowned by neighboring plants.  Nice
 On Wed,
 Apr 8, 2015 at 10:48 AM, aaron floden via pbs <
 > wrote:
 > This really is a great Allium. While at
 K-State I made an effort to
 > relocate
 this in the wild. I worked at the herbarium and found about
 > dozen specimens of it on file, most
 of which were historical (>30 years
 old) and also mostly mis-ID'd as nuttallii. Over two
 spring seasons I
 > visited all these
 locations. The first year was a complete bust with zero
 > of the visited sites still extant. It was
 all corn and wheat thanks to the
 > SAD. I
 did find a few Allium drummondii sites though. The next
 spring I
 > managed to find one site
 growing with Tradescantia tharpii in a quickly
 > draining sand on an east facing slope.
 Though the sand drained quickly it
 still held a lot of moisture in the abscence of rain.
 >  Two weeks later I went further west to
 Barton County and found a site by
 > nose
 first and then saw the plants growing in standing water
 flowering in
 > clumps of about 20-30
 bulbs. The soil was black loess that is a wetland in
 > the spring and nearly bone dry in the
 summer. These are the plants that I
 sent out to numerous people and are the ones Jim mentions.
 The scent is
 > beautiful as is the plant.
 Sadly, Mine seem to have dissappeared here in my
 > Tennessee garden, but drummondii is till
 >  Aaron
 >       From: Jim McKenney
 >  To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
 >  Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:11
 >  Subject: Re: [pbs] Allium
 > Thanks,
 Jim Waddick, for boosting one of my favorite plants. And
 > unfortunately for me, it's not one I
 grow. And you are so right about the
 scent: that's why I will jump if I ever see plants or
 seed offered. Seed
 > has been offered on
 the NARGS exchange in the past, but my bid was
 > unsuccessful.I learned about this plant
 years ago when I saw it at a rock
 garden show. It's been on my want list since.
 > Jim McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland,
 USA, USDA zone 7, where there is
 something in bloom every way I look.
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