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Allium vineale 'Hair'

Allium vineale 'Hair'

Family alliaceae
Life cycle perennial
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained, fertile soil
From seed start bulblets at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-July

A sport of the regular species, this one grows hair-like new plants from the flowerhead. It's fun to watch the progression of the do. Watch out: every bulbil that drops will turn into a new plant, which can quickly overwhelm an area if it's not regularly tended. I find myself pulling small plants by the handfuls in spring. Even so, it's a worthwhile plant, so I put up with its asexually promiscuous ways.

Allium vineale 'Hair'
Allium vineale 'Hair'
Allium vineale 'Hair'

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Bulblets from '05 trade. Thought the material was seed, but inside the papery husks were moist, floppy things. Started in a baggy at 65F, they sprouted in about 4 days

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