New Allium hybrids - gallery 2

Selected in 2007, the Allium shown below has been dubbed 'Full Orbit'.  It stood out among many
hundreds of open-pollinated seedlings by virtue of the spherical heads of bloom crammed with intense
rose florets, on short 12" stems above wavy gray foliage. The florets are triangular in frontal profile, the
three inner tepals arranged to suggest an inner circle, whereas the three outer tepals maintain the
triangular shape, making the florets appear double.  Yellow anthers add nicely to the effect. This
selection may grow taller next year as the plant matures, but even so, it is a standout selection.

Flowering occurs in August, with some good color left even after the first week of September.




When growing many seedlings from selected superior forms of the nutans-senescens alliance, lots of
great looking seedlings ensue, although it certainly isn't practical, nor advisable, to name all of them. In the
following three images below, we see some handsome anonymous hybrid seedling plants. When I find
such desirable offspring, I generally dig them up and move then to beds containing just the best selections,

to act as bee fodder in the open-pollination scheme of encouraging worthwhile hybridization.

In the first image below, I like the near true pink color of the florets, and the light yellow anthers,
adding a nice touch to the ample flower heads.



In the selection below, one gets a good idea just how important subtle differences in floral detail can be,
effecting the overall impression of the flower.  In this case, the anthers are a dark purple color instead of
yellow, nicely peppering the bloom heads with contrasting color. The flower heads are also well formed.




And last, we see a hybrid that exemplifies several "lines" or traits among the nutans-senescens
hybrid progeny.  The flowers are most appealing in bud, their intense color lasting for many weeks, the
anticipation often more rewarding than the reality of fully opened blooms.  Often the buds are triangular in
outline, more strongly pronounced in some specimens than in others.  And in this particular plant, it
has a tendency to produce little proliferations of florets, visible in the upper left portion of the flower

head, where a pedicel sprouts a whole new flower cluster instead of a single floret. This trait is 
is often passed along in subsequent generations of seedlings.



Photos by Mark McDonough

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