a very fine species native to Turkey, to Bulgaria and
Russia. The recent treatment in Flora of China dispels claims that it
China. Regardless of it's confused history, Allium decipiens is
one of the more choice melanocrommyum alliums, with cute, distinctive
rosettes of shiny green basal leaves, slender 24" (60
cm) stems, and
well formed hemispheres of lavender pink. If you look closely, you can
spot a red ant, gathering nectar from the mildly sweet-scented blooms.
In the photo below, one gets a good sense of the parallel-sided (lorate)
foliage, which are short, tidy, and in good health when the flowers bloom.
Photos by Mark
(photos taken May/June 2000)
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plant view, growing next to Allium nigrum - pink
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