Dubious Allium Names & Misnomers

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This pages lists names associated with the genus Allium that are circumspect or dubious for one reason or another.  If you can't find a particular allium name in the Allium Species Master List or the Synonyms List, there is a possibility it can be found in the listing below.  Because the genus Allium is very large and has a huge distribution throughout the northern hemisphere, considerable taxonomic confusion exists.  A few reasons for confused species naming include the following:
  • Old, obscure, incomplete herbarium data.
  • Early taxonomy applied to a large and difficult genus.
  • Misspellings and misapplied names.
  • Misidentification of cultivated plants.
  • Invented nursery names passed off as legitimate.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

Dubious Allium names & habitually misidentified alliums

Author

Pub. Date

Possible Synonyms

 

Comments
tanguticum
   'Blue Skies'
n/a n/a = Allium senescens
       var. montanum
This imposter has been going around for years... since the 1970s.  The true A. tanguticum, which is not in cultivation, is a slender bulbous species with red-purple flowers. The imposter is a pallid, pinkish-mauve form of the ubiquetous European onion; A. senescens var. montanum. Despite the cultivar name 'Blue Skies', there is nothing blue about the flowers at all!   Read more about this imposter.
tanguticum
   'Summer Beauty'
n/a n/a = Allium senescens
       var. montanum
This imposter has been going around for years, introduced more recently than 'Blue Skies'.   The true A. tanguticum, which is not in cultivation, is a slender bulbous species with red-purple flowers. The imposter is a pallid, pinkish-mauve form of the ubiquetous European onion; A. senescens var. montanum.  Read more about this imposter.
       

 

 

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