blooming recently, Allium amplectens

Travis O
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:04:08 PDT
Thanks Archie, neat photos.

I too have noticed tiny beetles on many of my bulbs, and most plants in my garden (as my next blog post will show). They meet on the flowers for food (nectar, pollen, or the flower parts themselves), to mate, and sometimes for shelter. They are the main pollinators of many plants, including many bulbs (even a few species of Tulipa, for example).

Allium amplectens 'Graceful', in my garden, was highly attractive to a variety of flies (syrphids, beeflies, tachnid flies, and others) and small bees. They've appeared to set a lot of seed, though each floret seems to only produce one or a few seeds each. In the book 'Bulbs of North America' (NARGS) the species is noted as having seeds that are dispersed by wind, the bracts remaining attached, which may make cleaning the seed a pain.

Travis Owen
Rogue River, OR

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