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HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327

I transplanted these to my back border in early spring, (and stashed 2 into 2 gallon pots) and thought they were kniphofia. There had been a torch lily in the flower bed that went to seed in the fall, but sadly rotted in early spring.
It would seem that can be ruled out now...but what are they? They did smell faintly onion-ish, and the base looked like a green onion. The foliage is not hollow though, they are solid bands.
I was hoping for alliums when I noticed their smell. Are they a miniature ornamental variety?
Patience is a virtue that I lack.

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    I found something like that in a flower bed. I also wondered what I'd done with my agapanthus. There may be a connection😊 I wait in anticipation
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    18-19" high blooms
    Almost looking like 'Graceful' though the stamens are not purple.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    Not quite tall enough for garlic chives, and a little early as well.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,557
    Could it be one of the ornithogalums?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,413
    I have a giant one that will probably flower while I'm away.😕 Two others came up blind. got them in a pound shop.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    @Obelixx Based on the pictures I have viewed, the base of the ornithogalum flowers are more stalk like-and seem to be shorter. This one is opening more like an allium from a time-lapse video I found and has that bract at the base of the blooms.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    Well, whatever variety it is, it's going to seed soon.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,047
    Where did you get them initially?
    They look like an onion to me. The fact that you say they smell oniony is surely a clue. You know what they say about it looking like a duck, and quacking like a duck  ;)

    I wouldn't really be bothered about what they are as long as you like them.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    Fairygirl  They came with the house-along the central pathway in the flower bed. I'm sure they will go well with some taller more ornamental ones ;)
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,047
    They're lovely anyway @HouseFinch :)
    How is beautiful British Columbia these days? 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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