Allium plummerae 

I was barely able to keep this species alive the first few years I had it, believing it needed dry, well-drained
soil, like so many of the North American onions.  However, this rare species with a very limited
distribution in Arizona and New Mexico, inhabits high meadows in moist locations, at elevations over 
7000'.  Grown in good garden soil in full sun, this species slowly bulks into big clumps, lending a
refreshing look in the landscape with upright pale gray-green foliage, a complementary foil to the
flat clusters of starry white flowers in late July and early August. Photos taken 3rd week of July.



Photos by Mark McDonough

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