Allium victorialis 'Kemerovo'

This selection of the circumpolar species is named for a region in Siberia, presumably where it
was originally collected. Much more upright growing than regular forms of the species, the broad
leaves are held upright on long petioles.  Flower stems reach 24", often reclining as shown here,
perhaps in search of better light.  The shaggy flower ball of greenish white blooms are fairly
typical for the species, but here the base of the pedicels is red, creating a dark accent to the
center of each flower head. The leaves, which do a good imitation of lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria), 
remain green right into autumn, as opposed to other forms where the leaves dry off and go
dormant in late summer, leaving fat green growth buds at the surface of the soil.  This selection
is available from Odyssey Bulbs,




A top view of the inflorescence, showing the red center. 



Below is a view of a large established clump of Allium victorialis I grew from seed years ago.
By comparison with the longer, narrower leaves on the cultivar, on this typical form the
leaves are shorter and more broadly elliptical, making a beautiful clump in the early 
summer garden, in a moist shaded location.  Later in the summer, when the plant
retreats to fat "noses" or leaf buds at the soil's surface, the drying leaves and stems are 
unsightly and need cleanup.  The cultivar 'Kemerovo' is much tidier in this respect.




Photos by Mark McDonough

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