Friday, 28 May 2010

Allium karataviense @ Wall*Flower*Studio

This unassuming Allium deserves a special spot in the garden. I've planted it right beside my steps so I can see it while it's blooming, which it's doing now. The flowers, as you can see in the picture, have not fully opened to their full globe shape , but I was with camera in hand, so clicked a picture for posting.
It's pretty short, as far as alliums are concerned, almost dwarf in size, only growing about 6-8" tall, and I'm thinking it's a real nice speciman plant requiring a location right in front of the garden, as it might get lost if planted amongst towering flowers like Lilies or Irises, where it wouldn't be seen at all.
The flowers, which are slightly scented, and the globe-shaped inflorescence (florets), are a pale greenish colour, with a hint of white, or even pink, depending on the light. I like the foliage too, which is akin to a tulip leaf, only bigger and thicker, and looks kind of velvety, with a bit of a shimmering quality, too. Very pretty!
This decorative member of the onion family would likely look great in containers, too, if they could over-winter safely. Hardy to zone 3 USDA
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Helen at summerhouse said...

Alliums are another plant that I'd like to add to my garden. I've never seen this little one before and I may have to consider this instead of the tall ones you usually associate with Alliums. It may have to wait though, still too much to do and left to plant in my garden which is very behind at the moment.

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Helen, I bought this from Cruickshank's, way back when I worked there, or else I'd have not likely have heard of it either. I think it's called is "Ivory Queen" but I'm not positive on that one.
Like you, I've got a ton of stuff to do in the garden. Weeding is at the top of the list of course!