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Unknown Allium

10 May 2012
Rainy 18°C / 64°F

Both my husband and our son love to buy plants for our garden, but they rarely worry about labeling them.
So once in a while, somewhere in the garden we discover a plant that none of us remembers to have bought or planted, let only remember what it’s called…

And hubby and son don’t care… After all:
“that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

But I like to know the names… and so I’m wondering… Is there somebody out there who can tell me which species this Allium is?
It’s rather tall: the flowering stalk is about 1 m/1 y, and the bud is 10 cm/4 inches long.

ETA: Meanwhile I found out this plant is called, Sicilian honey lily, Sicilian honey garlic, Mediterranean bells, and its Botanic name is either Allium siculum or Nectaroscordum siculum. I didn’t find out yet which one is the more recent name.




No answers here, I’m afraid. It’s a lovely picture, though!

Posted on 11 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

I hope someone finds the answer for you … but would it be more helpful if you post a photo when it blooms?

Posted on 11 May 12 (about 4 years ago)


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I found out! It’s Nectaroscordum siculum, Allium siculum (not sure yet which one is the old, and which the new name).

Posted on 11 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

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