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Your foto is showing allium flavum var nanum, and it shows the plant as it normaly is.
Thomas, it looks like the yellowish one has flat leaves, which led to my immediate impression it is Allium ericetorum. Some photos will show white flowers tinged pinkish, but most often this species has pale yellow flowers in tight heads. Mine is in flower now. Allium saxatile has nearly rounded or terete leaves, these bloom at the same time as ericetorum (now); I have several forms in flower now. There are yellowish forms of A. saxatile (aka synonym A. marschallianum), although more commonly the variable saxatile has blooms of white to pink.By the way, did you make the trip in search of Allium narcissiflorum?
Thanks Maggi. The bulbs certainly are small and the supplier is more likely to have the real thing than most. Question is how to grow it to see what it really is.
I got this as Allium aciphyllum - could it be the real thing?
Sorry, Mark, I missed your reply - I will check at the weekend...In the meantime, here's a new one I got as Allium stenodon - it seems about right from a quick check of FOC. What do you think?
Stephen, is your Allium blooming now? It reminds me of Allium amplectans, particularly in the way the fading blooms "invest" the ovary, becoming papery and wrapping themselves around the ovary, although that species a spring bloomer. The stamens are supposed to be 1.25 x tepal length, on your plant they look slighter shorter than tepals? Allium aciphyllum has dark brown reticulated bulb tunics... what do the bulbs and leaves look like?Here's the Flora of China illustration (notice the long slender reticulated bulbs):http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=60235&flora_id=2
Well it's not that - it is flowering now (just about over). Here's a couple more pictures - yes stamens are bout 0.75 x tepal length