This fine little species from Central Europe
is almost always usurped by imposters, typically resulting in
Allium senescens when grown from seed obtained from the various seed
exchanges. I'm not sure why that is
the case, as it is an easily recognizable late summer to early fall
blooming species. This is a slender, upright
growing species with rather narrow leaves (about 2 mm wide) that are
channeled in cross-section. Stems reach
about 16-18" in September, topped with small clusters of modest white
florets stained and marked with pink.
The flowers are indeed sweetly scented. Preferring damp meadows,
it'll grow and flower in good garden soil
with adequate moisture, but even so, it never seems to increase and seems
to favor recalcitrance instead.
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