Grows naturally on slopes at high elevations in China. Can't find much information, besides this botanical reference:
||Allium nivale; Allium gowanianum
||germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
|Seed ripens||early October|
Bulb solitary, cylindric; tunic brown, reticulate or subreticulate. Leaves 4–7, linear, 4–5 mm wide, flat, solid, fleshy, apex obtuse. Scape 5–15 cm, slightly compressed, covered with leaf sheaths only at base. Umbel hemispheric, many flowered. Pedicels subequal, 1.5–2 × as long as perianth. Perianth broadly exposed, white; segments with yellowish green midvein, lanceolate, 7–8(–10) × ca. 2 mm. Filaments equal, ca. 1/2 as long as perianth segments. Ovary obconical-globose. Style short; stigma slightly 3-cleft. Fl. Jun.
It bloomed in September the year I started it, on plants perhaps 8 inches tall. Won't be able to judge its real garden presence until next year.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Will Meigs||Feb 27, 2006||We have loads of this gem growing in various areas in our garden. It loves sun and dry soil;its less impressive but it survives in our shady garden too. It makes lots of seeds but doesn't seem to be invasive. I sprinkle the seeds around in the fall to help it spread. Grow it in masses at the edge of the border or path for a great fall show! One of our favorites!|
- Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (76%G, 4-7d)
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