A dark colored selection of Allium senescens ssp. montanum by Mark McDonough that puts on a serious flower display of ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer to the unending delight of those little orange Skipper butterflies. Clump forming and not invasive, this is muy bueno.
One of my favorite Alliums from Mark McDonough with cool gray green foliage and sugar pink 2" balls of flowers in midsummer. This is a rhizomatous type making nice clumps without being invasive. The foliage looks good during bloom and the bees & butterflies have a rugby scrum over the nectar.
Tapertip Onion. Western US and BC native growing in open rocky areas, stabilized screes, subalpine meadows. One of the best colored natives with nice heads of magenta rose flowers on stems from 5-12 inches tall depending on how happy and mature it is. The leaves wither before flowering leaving the stage to the star. Ideal for rock gardens.
A fine dwarf Alium from China with small heads of dark blue flowers in this form. This is good in the rock garden, loves full sun, tidy enough for edging on a small scale and deer proof so excellent for those Asian-inspired, deer-infested gardens on Orcas.
This is a Chinese species with 10"-15"stems of good bright purple flowers over grassy clumps of foliage. This is an easy plant for general garden beds and does not want to dry out in the summer like the bulbous Allium species. This reseeds just enough to make your planting look natural and not contrived and is not a pest at all. Deer proof.
An uncommon and attractive Allium introduced to the Northwest by Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery who was given seed of this while visiting Kunming Botanic Garden. A clumping Chinese species with small heads of soft yellow flowers. Adapts to sun or bright shade in reasonably moist soil. Well behaved, this won't become a Yellow Peril.
We are suckers for any Allium allied to Allium karataviense because they all have the most wonderful pleated broad foliage and good globe shaped flower heads. A larger plant than its cousin with longer leaves and taller flower stems to 14" with a nice spherical display of purple-violet florets. This is from the dry hills of Tajikistan so a good summer drying is a good thing.
A collection from Tibet by Daniel Winkler. This is one of the Asian rhizomatous onions making a nice clump of broadly grassy foliage with leaves 12"-15" long. The flowers are in shades of pink and are open rounded umbels whose drooping florets look a bit like some of the fireworks seen in a Fourth of July evening sky. Hardy to at least zone 6 and likely lower.
From Sichuan where this was growing in an open position in a lightly shaded glade at about 10000' in elevation. This has small leaves shaped much like a pointed canoe paddle with flower stems to 10"-15" tall bearing small round heads of white flowers sometimes with a diffused pink keel to the outer petals as many in this collection do.
Flat-stemmed Onion. Really nice pink flowers on short flattened stems on this Oregon, California and Nevada native where it grows on open stony slopes between 1500 and 2500 meters. The falcate or sickle shaped leaves are fairly broad and a nice gray-green. Great rock garden subject. Young bulb from seed which may or may not flower this year.
Dwarf Scandanavian selection of Chives which is way more ornamental than usefully edible. Lots of pinkish lavender flowers on a very compact plant. Quite useful in the rock garden or detailed planting site such as edge of a stepping stone or against a rock.
Fun little onion with blue green leaves in flat curls on the ground. Small round heads of pink flowers adds to the whimsy. Great in the rock garden as this likes sun and good drainage. Not one of the weedy Alliums - this is well behaved.
Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche. Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.
A Dan Hinkley collection from Japan of this fine mid to late summer blooming Allium species. Good richly colored purple flowers are freely produced on this densely clumping little dude. Good in containers and great in the rock garden or special little niche.
Excellent little Asian Allium that is very nice with small heads of white flowers. Perfect for the rock garden or does great in regular garden beds as it does appreciate some moisture during the summer. Sun and decent drainage and thrives in one customers garden in Michigan. Tidy and of good disposition and certainly not a garden thug.
A light pink version of this widespread Allium from our collection in southern Sichuan in October of 2012. The photo shows a late flower and some developing seed heads from the population in the wild.. A very easy plant in the garden getting up to 20" tall and having the added bonus of being edible which might be useful down the line.
Our collection at 9000' from the summit of highest peak in the Wuming Shan in SW China. This Allium was prevalent in the grazed grass and scrub summit with tall 12"-20" scapes and nice 2"+ half dome pink flowers. The local minority people harvest the bulbs for food. This was the first Western botanical foray to this mountain.
A good dark flowered form of Allium wallichii from China. Although the individual florets are fewer in number in the flower heads, the rich purple color more than compensates. This species is eaten by the local indigenous peoples although that wild crafting is becoming less frequent as grocery stores are awfully easy. Not difficult..