Mike, excellent patch of Allium kurtzianum, certainly one of the very best and most showy of dwarf Turkish Allium. I don't find it particularly difficult to grow in the open garden, used to have nice patches of them, and they lasted for years. But, they won't take being crowded out by other plants, and that is why I eventually lost most of them.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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I have three pots of the Allium akaka. The one shown earlier (pink coloured) is from my own seed which I obtained by crossing my two wild (own collection) plants from Eastern Turkey. The second in the pot is now in flower and is straw coloured.
The one shown attached here (straw coloured) was collected near Kars in 1995 and the other (pink coloured) which has not flowered at Ala dag somewhat earlier.
The two seedlings I have raised have produced one plant of each colour.
A point I would make is these plants in cultivation are quite out of character. In the wild they have prostrate ground hugging leaves and completely stemless flowers. They grow in open steppe and have very high light levels,something unknown here. A picture in the wild is shown in Phillips and Rix 'Bulbs'
I do not know the origin of the name.
They have had a moment of excitement and so seed should be available later if you would like some
A few species in the same group as A. akaka, all grown from seeds:Allium breviscapumAllium derderianumAllium noeanum
Allium elburzenseAllium aff. elburzenseAllium nevskianumAllium shelkovnikowii
What is the range of age in these beauties you regale us with?
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
You have to count 5+ years from sowing to see the first flowers. These species from the acanthoprason section are rather slow growers.
Luc a tremendous range there and beautifully grown. They seem a lot less leggy than mine and think you must have better light. A really interesting variation.
Wonderful assortment there Luc. A have a number of these coming along from Kurt Vickery and Pilous seed, but merely as tiny 1-2 year seedlings; all are being grown outside. I sowed Kurt Vickery's Allium aff. elburzense in two spots, each has about a dozen seedlings. Only 4-5 years to see what happens. But then again, I had my first seed-gown plant of Trillium discolor - Pale Form flower from seed I sowed outside in 2006, all one needs is patience.
Patience is what we have.More species will be flowering size in the next 1-2 years.
A few more grown under glassroofAllium colchicifolium from TurkeyAllium sp. (ellissii ?) from IranAllium materculae var. albiflorum from Iran/Azerbaijan