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Allium paniculatum - dwarf red    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough Allium paniculatum 'Jerry'    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough

Allium paniculatum - dwarf reddish form
Allium paniculatum is amazingly variable, with
flowers in a wide range of colors; white, pink,
and muted shades of brown, red, yellow, and
green. Height is also variable, from mere 4"-5"
(10 - 12.5 cm) dwarfs to those that exceed two
feet in height (+60 cm).  Above, is a dwarf, pale
white and red type, often distributed under the
misnomer A. bucharicum, an unrelated species.

Allium paniculatum 'Jerry'
This selection is similar to the one shown on the
left, except it grows a little taller, up to 8" - 10"
(20 - 25 cm), has white flowers stained reddish,
giving an ethereal pale carnous pink color to the
floriferous clumps when blooming in July.

larger view of the same clump
another view: detail of flowers enlarged


Allium tauricola    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough Allium sivasicum    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough
Allium tauricola
Both this allium, and the one shown on the right,
came from the MacPhail and Watson expedition
to Turkey in the 1970s. This species has lovely
grayish-lavender flowers, distinctly margined with
white, and a dark plum central ovary.  It grows to
6" - 8" tall (15 - 20 cm) and flowers in June to
July.  It can be difficult to keep (I've lost mine),
and grew best in a very sandy soil in partial
shade.  Makes a dense many-flowered clump.
larger image
Allium sivasicum - maroon form
This was one of my absolute favorites, growing
only 3" - 4" tall (7.5 - 10 cm), with a few delicate
nodding clusters of soft maroon flowers. Said to
have flowers of yellowish, greenish yellow, or
white, tinged with pink, brown, or purple, the
Flora of Turkey mentions mauve or purplish
forms overlaid with a bloom (dusty coating).
Hardy, but very slow growing. This one
eventually became but a memory.
two larger images



Allium saxatile - white form    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough Allium decipiens    copyright  2000 Mark McDonough
Allium saxatile - white form
As we see over and over again with alliums, the
species can be highly variable.  This species
has a large distribution in Europe and Central
Asia, coming in many colors and forms.
Among my favorites is this white one, ever
so slightly tinged pink on the reverse of the
tepals, and the long exserted stamens
giving a pincushion effect. Flowers in July,
this form grows about 8" (20 cm) tall.
larger image
Allium decipiens
A rather uncommon species to come by is
the true Allium decipiens from Central Asia,
a member of the Melanocrommyum section
of the genus.  It's an easy dependable
grower, although rather slow, requiring 4-5
years to flower from seed.  It has a few shiny
basal green leaves, rather lorate, and slender
24" tall (60 cm) stems, with very pretty
hemispherical heads of lavender pink flowers.
large portrait view


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