This species came misidentified from Chen Yi
as A. aciphyllum (a species with very narrow
needle-like foliage). Of the bulbs I received, two different species with
broad leaves resulted,
one being the subject species, A. prattii, the other being A.
ovalifolium var. ovalifolium.
Inhabiting forests and thickets, in damp situations, this species needs to
be grown in some
in well-drained humus-enriched soil, watered regularly during the growing
The stems were 12-14" tall, the flowers opening early July (photo
taken July 7, 2007).
In the view below, we see spring foliage of Allium
prattii on the top (the tapered
strap-like leaves) and Allium
ovalifolium var. ovalifolium on the bottom, with broader leaves.
Photos by Mark
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