Allium woronowii 'Handzorut'

 Allium woronowiii 'Handzorut' - spring growth    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

 Allium woronowii is a rather obscure member of section melanocrommyum 
from Turkey and neighboring Armenia. This particular form shown here, was
collected in Handzorut, Armenia, and is said to be variable.  The clone
was selected and named by Janis Ruksans.  The foliage is long,
slender, and very silver.  In the photo above, the bud can be seen
just emerging from the center.

In the photo below, the stem has lengthened to about 8"-10" (20 - 25 cm)
in height, and the brownish pink flowers just beginning to break through
the bud spathe.

 Allium woronowiii 'Handzorut' - plant   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

 Allium woronowiii 'Handzorut' - flower head    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Photos by Mark McDonough
(taken May, 2001)

At full anthesis, the small head of bloom is nice enough, with
a sweet pleasant scent, but not nearly as showy as the more
robust forms that are also available. Janis Ruksans also
sells a cultivar named 'Spitak', collected in the Spitak
region of Armenia, which is more robust and has flowers
sweetly scented like carnations... reminiscent of the
unnamed species shown in the gallery below.

Click here for a gallery of a taller robust form of Allium woronowii


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