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Allium humile

Allium humile

Allium humile

Synonym(s) Allium nivale; Allium gowanianum
Family alliaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb
Flowers white
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly October

Grows naturally on slopes at high elevations in China. Can't find much information, besides this botanical reference:
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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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 70F (76%G, 4-7d)

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