- It's an allium
- It has flat slender deep green leaves.
- It blooms are compound and pinkish lavender
- It blooms in July in Minnesota.
- It has fibrous roots, not a bulb.
- It is tough and hardy
- It doesn't seem to re-seed like a chive.
I even think I know where it was purchased. Two owners ago, this garden was tended by a Master Gardener who bought lots of unique and native plants. Neglected afterward by the next owner for some time, I rescued and rehabilitated many plants from within the overgrown property. They are planted along a path I call "recycler's row". I've eventually identified all but this one by way of the Friends Plant Sale catalog; that sale's a hot ticket for all Twin Cities gardeners.
During the garden tour the first week of July, the plants by the driveway were already blooming, with the others along the shadier part were in bud. Both stages of this plant are charming, from the buttony buds to the starburst shaped mature bloom. I was questioned over and over again about the provenance and name of this plant, but I could only speculate.
I have been dividing and multiplying this plant so to speak, working my way down the path by the wild ginger. Now I can't imagine my garden without it. The leaves alone are endearing, better, it comes at a time when you're wanting something kind of onion-like in form but the big bodacious Globemasters and Purple Sensations are past their peak.
I rarely lose a game of "Stump the Gardener. If you've seen this plant and can identify it from the rest of the usual suspects, I'd love to hear from you!