Allium platycaule & falcifolium
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One of the very finest American allium species is A. platycaule, native
to Oregon, California, and western Nevada. In northeastern USA, grown in a gritty
soil mix over a clay base seems to it's liking, and the plants grow and flower reliably
each year. The species is intriguing both for the thick, waxy, falcate leaves, and
the showy flower clusters of hot pink fuzziness held on stout 3-4" winged stalks.
The species is sometimes confused with the superficially similar A.
falcifolium... click on the lower right thumbnail image to see both species
growing side by side for comparison. Also, see the two thumbnail images of
A. falcifolium below.
Click here for a gallery of Allium platycaule in the wild
The late Jim Robinett writes the following about A. platycaule: "We
consider it one of the most beautiful of the California species, with its bright pink
inflorescence and strongly exserted stamens huddled close above two or more glaucous
leaves. In California, A. platycaule grows mostly at higher altitudes (1335 - 3000 m), on
serpentinous or lava-derived soils and screes, near-barren habitats where it provides
welcome relief to the eye. We have found it not particularly difficult to grow from seed,
though it needs several years to reach blooming size. However, it will not bloom for us in
our mild climate near the coast [Oregon], except in the coldest winters. It seems to
require a cold winter to induce bloom."
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