Allium albidum

Allium albidum Fisch. Bulbs cylindrical to narrowly conical, clustered on a short rhizome. Stems 15-30 cm high. Leaves linear, 2- 4 mm wide. Flowers bowl-shaped to almost flat, 6-8 mm wide, white or yellowish, in dense hemispherical umbels 2-3 cm across, summer. Bulgaria, Romania, European Russia, on stony sunny slopes to about 2000 m.

Allium albidum hybrid - The plant pictured is of one of the better seedlings resulting after several years of selecting among hybrid progeny derived from such species as A. nutans, A. senescens, and A. albidum, all of which freely hybridize with each other. This is one that shows a strong A. albidum influence, having smaller, tight heads of blooms, and very pale color, a sort of warm pinkish-white. With the shorter stems, even growth, and handsome clumps of shiny green strap leaves, it has great potential for further hybridizing. Photo by Mark McDonough.

Allium albidum hybrid, Mark McDonough

Allium albidum ssp. caucasicum is a nice compact form of this European mat-forming onion. The small white flowers in July and August are particularly large, showy, or plentiful, but it's a pleasant enough little species that makes carpets of fine green strap-shaped foliage. It's small enough to grow in a trough, as shown in the image. Photos by Mark McDonough.

Allium albidum ssp. caucasicum, Mark McDonoughAllium albidum ssp. caucasicum, Mark McDonough

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