Plant of the Month - July 2017
Allium neriniflorum, known more familiarly as Caloscordum neriniflorum (now sunk into synonymy) is a bulbous plant from Asia, native to Mongolia, Siberia and northern China. Growing at altitudes from sea-level up to 2000m where it favours wet meadows, coastal sand dunes and hillsides.
It produces an umbel of flowers, with uneven pedicels and a tendency for each flower to open sequentially giving a somewhat untidy appearance but, when grown as a ‘clump’, the overall impression is certainly more aesthetic.
Easily raised from seed and reaching flowering-size maturity in a couple of years from sowing, growing in a basic 1:1:1 mix, Allium neriniflorum is easily accommodated as a garden plant for a sunny sheltered position or, more pleasingly as a pot plant for the Alpine house or frame.