Allium perdulce

Ellen Hornig
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:42:38 PDT
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
forgotten what it was, but I certainly was impressed by the fragrance.

About the same time Aaron F. extolled its virtues to me and told me I had
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 years.

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 a
> 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 multiplying.
>  Aaron
>       From: Jim McKenney <>
>  To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>  Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:11 AM
>  Subject: Re: [pbs] Allium perdulce
> 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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Ellen Hornig
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