Domed Alliums

For lack of a better named category, this page is set aside for those slender Allium species that don't really have full knobs of bloom as in the drumstick onion group, but rather has upright domed clusters of bloom. Some of these will belong to the Melanocrommyum section of the genus, that section best known for the tall "big ball" species, but the same section Melanocrommyum contains many smaller species with domed or conelike flower heads.


Allium atropurpureum is found in cultivated ground and dry open spaces throughout the Balkans. The flowers are dark, dark red-purple with black ovaries. The stems are about 24-30" (60 - 75 cm) and flower in late June. I've never succeeded in growing this from seed, so purchased bulbs gave me the jump-start I needed. Photo by Mark McDonough.

Allium atropurpureum, Mark McDonough


Allium darwasicum is another Central Asian species. This one intrigues me with its creamy white and green-striped flowers, but I like it mostly for the incredibly sweet candy-like scent. Photo by Mark McDonough.

Allium darwasicum, Mark McDonough


Allium decipiens is one of many Central Asian species that is also found in China. It has glossy green lorate leaves held close to the ground, and tall stems to 3' (90 cm) with lovely domed clusters of pink to lilac starry blooms. The second photo shows the pink form of Allium nigrum in early anthesis and a single Allium decipiens bloom just behind. Photos by Mark McDonough.

Allium decipiens, Mark McDonoughAllium nigrum pink and Allium decipiens, Mark McDonough

Photos below by Wietse Mellema.

Allium decipens, Wietse MellemaAllium decipens, Wietse MellemaAllium decipens, Wietse Mellema


Allium winklerianum - from Central Asia to one province in China, this 2' tall (60 cm) melanocrommyum onion has deep pinkish-purple flowers, having an enticingly sweet candy-like scent. Tends to be a fussy grower and not long lived, but worth the effort to keep it going. Prefers dry, well drained situations. Photos from Mark McDonough and Arnold Trachtenberg.

Allium winklerianum (with spider), Mark McDonoughAllium winklerianum, Mark McDonough

Photo by RH.

Allium winklerianum, RH

Allium index - Allium flavum Relatives - American alliums A-B - American alliums C - American alliums D-F - American alliums G-H - American alliums I-M - American alliums N-R - American alliums S-Z - Big Ball alliums - Blue alliums - chives - Drumstick alliums - Miscellaneous alliums A-E - Miscellaneous alliums F-M - Miscellaneous alliums N-R - Miscellaneous alliums S-Z - Rhizomatous alliums


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