Allium hookeri var. muliense is a
bright yellow species from China (Sichuan and Yunnan), native
to moist mountain meadows. The flower heads are small, but compensate be
being bright yellow, a
welcome change from the predominance of pink and lilac colored
alliums. The stems reach 24-30"
tall, sheathed with numerous leaves at the base, looking more like a fine
than an allium. In 2007, my plant had increased to 5 flowering
Close-up view taken late July, showing the sheathed buds..
Grown in a pot the first year I received a
bulb, later it was planted out in a semi-shady
spot in sandy, humus-enriched soil, in a spot that gets regular watering.
Hardy over the
last 3 winters, the blooms, while attractive to bees and other pollinating
failed to set any viable seed, so I worry about how long it shall
perennate in my garden.