Allium, section melanocrommyum - Gallery 2002
(May 2002)

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Allium woronowii      copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium woronowii, a rather obscure
member of section melanocrommyum 
from Turkey and neighboring Armenia. 
This particular form shown here, is robust 
with beautiful flowers heavily scented like
carnations or lilacs. The floral perfume 
is intoxicating, as the inflorescence is
visually intoxicating to the eye.

Allium woronowii 'Handzorut'      copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium woronowii 'Handzorut' - Janis
Ruksans offers two forms of this species,
both considerably smaller than than the
form shown above.  This cultivar is only
8"-12" tall (20-30 cm), with muted pink
flowers and a nice fragrance, but not 
nearly as fragrant as the previous. From 
Handzorut, S. Armenia.

Allium decipiens     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium decipiens - The distribution and
status of this species needs further study,
even it's placement under Allium section
melanocrommyum has been questioned.
A lovely species from Turkey, to Bulgaria 
and Russia.  The recent treatment in Flora 
of China dispels claims of this species 
occurring in China.

Allium karataviense - emerging foliage and buds gallery    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium karataviense -  An old favorite
species that needs no introduction here,
one of the most notable alliums on account
of the extraordinary broad pleated foliage.  
This mini gallery depicts 3 different clones 
of Allium karataviense, each with it's own 
distinctive growth form.

Allium karataviense 'Red Globe - Gallery  #1   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium karataviense 'Red Globe' - wow,
a dark red-purple form of the ever popular
A. karataviense.  This cultivar has extra
long, pointed gray leaves, and large heads
of deep metallic red-purple flowers on 12"
(30 cm) tall stems. A noteworthy recent
introduction, it's available from Pacific Rim
, as are many of those shown here.

Allium jesdianum ssp. angustitepalum  - copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium jesdianum ssp. angustitepalum
 - perhaps the finest of the A. jesdianum 
selections, with large ample heads of bright
violet and white stamens, atop 2' (60 cm)
stems. The contrasting white stamens 
create a most distinctive two-toned floral 

Allium robustum (to be verified)    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium robustum - I'm not sure why this
species is so rare in cultivation, it's been 
known to botany since 1841!  From 
Kazakhstan to few provinces in China, it's
a very good allium, yet scantily described
thus difficult to be certain with it's ID. In this
specimen the flowers are a memorable
deep wine red on stems 2' (60 cm) tall.

Allium darwasicum    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium darwasicum - this one has to be
seen in person to be fully appreciated.  It
can be variable, but this form is rather
good, with chartreuse flowers, the stamens
beginning dark blue-gray, then age to tan-
ochre.  The most remarkable feature how-
ever, is the intense fragrance precisely 
mimicking gardenia.  From Central Asia.

Allium 'Lucy Ball'   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium 'Lucy Ball' - This is one of many
hybrid Alliums developed by Jan Bijl in 
Holland (the magnificent 'Globemaster'
perhaps his most fantastic hybrid).  This 
fine hybrid, named for Lucille Ball, is an
A. elatum x A. aflatunense cross. 

Allium winklerianum   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium winklerianum - from Afghanistan,
Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan, and one province
of China.  I like this species a lot, as the
flowers are an intense, luminous purple,
as well as heavily perfumed like sugar
candy.  My two daughters confirmed that
the flowers smell like "Pez" or "Smarties".

Allium 'Gladiator' - in bud    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium 'Gladiator' - From the same cross
as 'Lucy Ball', this is another Allium elatum
x A. aflatunense cross. The colossal crop
of buds holds promise for the sphere of 
purple that's forthcoming atop a 4' stem.  
The bold, shiny green foliage shows close
affinity with A. elatum.

Allium nigrum 'pink form'   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Allium nigrum "pink form" received as 
Allium 'auctum', the name is considered
synonymous with the European species
Allium nigrum. A wonderful, slow growing
species with beautiful, long-lasting lilac
pink flowers in late May to June.

All photos by Mark McDonough
Most photos taken April-May 2002 (unless noted otherwise)

Links to "melanocrommyum" Allium bulb sources

Paige Woodward's Pacific Rim Nursery has many bulb photos, including
a good selection of Allium bulbs, all of which can be ordered on-line.

Odyssey Bulbs is a great source for a large number of hard-to-find
bulbous plants.  Check out the 2001 catalog now, although
I've been notified that the 2002 catalog (with pictures) will be posted in
couple of weeks (May 2002). A spring 2002 catalog is available now.

Lithuanian Rare Bulb Garden by Leonid Bondarenko has an excellent
assortment of bulbs of many types.  For most offerings, there's a thumbnail
image and a high-quality larger image.  Click on the catalog link.

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