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Wonderful Alliums everyone!Some Alliums flowering here now:Allium akakaAllium litvinoviiAllium nevskianumAllium platycauleand an Allium which I bought together with A. platycaule. Could it be A. akaka too?
very small and long flowering, Allium hierochuntinum, from Israel and Jordan, near the dead sea
Hi John,If we're talking about the plant near the center with the white stripe down the center of the leaves, I'd say the ID is Allium ovalifolium var. leuconeurum. What color are the flowers? In ovalifolium there are white to pinkish white, whereas in prattii they are pink to red-purple. The leaves of A. prattii can be variable (per the description in Flora of China), but most often they are long blade-shaped leaves, see: http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=87653&flora_id=800http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200027521In my plant, which I had from Chen Yi (misidentified), the flowers are deep red. Both species have been perfectly hardy outside since I got them about 10 years ago.
Oh yes, then you most certainly have Allium ovalifolium var. leuconeurum; love the pink stamens. Interestingly, when I received a few bulbs of what was identified as A. aciphyllum from Chen Yi, the dang thing resulted in three separate species; A. ovalifolium var. ovalifolium, Allium ovalifolium var. leuconeurum (which I have since lost), and the red Allium prattii. I'm glad that I still have the first and last of those three. Last year I separated them, and finally have more of them coming along... I find this group of Chinese Alliums to be rather slow growing and for some reason the seed rarely germinates for me.
Many thanks Mark. If someone is going to the States in the autumn I will send along a bulb to post. No seeds here either on the ACE Alliums.johnw
Allium ovalifolium (I dont know the subspecies) clumps up for me and self seeds. It has set seed every year for five years.
Quote from: PeterT on May 29, 2011, 11:47:32 PMAllium ovalifolium (I dont know the subspecies) clumps up for me and self seeds. It has set seed every year for five years.Thanks Peter. But do the seeds germinate? I get good seed set on A. listera, but it almost never germinates. Someone sent me seed of A. ovalifolium last year, it has not germinated yet.
Hello Wietse, it is very good to have you join the Forum.I have read (in translation) http://www.wmel.nl/?pagina=2 .... about your nursery and growing history, which sound very interesting. It will be good to learn more about your Allium cultivars and of course we hope you will find things of interest from the Allium lovers of the Forum.
Welcome Wietse, I should be glad to hear and see your AlliumsPeter