Naturalizing Alliums

Mary Craft via pbs pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:10:08 PDT
I would like to try some Allium in my garden, which is somewhat shady (4 hours sun at most) and deer-infested. Soil drains well and high summer temp is 80. Any ideas for specific varieties?
Mary Craft
Port Townsend, WA, USA

> On Jun 10, 2015, at 9:41 AM, Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net> wrote:
> 
> In my experience, Allium falcifolium, Allium siskiyouense, and Allium bolanderi are not aggressive seeders. Allium hyalinum increases rapidly by offsets and I would not recommend it if you want to keep it to a small space, but it did not seed much in my garden. Allium oreophilum, an Old World species, might be suitable. There was a pink-flowered species that I received from the Robinetts under what Mark McDonough felt was the wrong name, and it became quite a pest; I'm still not sure what it is, but I did not bring any from the old garden (which is now owned by people who like native West Coast plants and are not particular about confining them).
> 
> There are also some western American species that I classify as "middle-sized" (in flower, more than 10 cm and less than 30 cm tall). Allium peninsulare and the similar Allium crispum do not increase much. Allium douglasii is perhaps too aggressive here.
> 
> For Travis's area in southern Oregon I would stay initially with the western American species, of which there is a very large number. There are some notoriously weedy species among the Old World contingent. Search, and perhaps ask here, before turning them loose.
> 
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
> 
> On 6/10/2015 9:14 AM, Travis O wrote:
>> Hello,
>> 
>> I am looking for suggestions for non-weedy Alliums that can be naturalized in a wet cold winter/dry baking summer climate (Grants Pass, OR)? I would prefer short plants.
>> 
>> And ideas?
>> 
>> Travis Owen
>> Rogue River, OR
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