schoenoprasum 'Curly Mauve'
Allium schoenoprasum 'Curly Mauve' - In the photo above, the freshly
emerging clumps take on
an ethereal sea urchin imitation, appearing bluish-gray color in the late
afternoon light. Two weeks
later, as shown in the photo below, the narrow leaf threads continue to
build into a wild frenzy of
spidery gray-green foliage
in June, a mass of grayish-lavender blooms atop forests of stout green
(see below), nearly transforming the bizarre leaf rosettes into a
quasi-normal chive look. For the
opposite extreme, check out Allium
altyncolicum, a chive relative first described in 1987.
Photos by Mark
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