Stems: from a short stout rootstock covered with fibrous roots, simple or sparingly branched. Leaves: lanceolate to ovate, abruptly acuminate, sessile by a broad, rounded, clasping base, the margins finely ciliate. Flowers: peduncled, segments of the perianth lanceolate, the tips spreading. Fruit: a red oval berry.

This plant is a near relation of S. amplexifolius described in the White to Green Section. It differs from the foregoing, however, in several essential particulars. In the first place, it is a smaller plant, has dull purple-pink pendent bells, and is nearly always one-flowered. Then, too, the tiny peduncles are not sharply twisted as in S. amplexifolius, but bend downwards in a graceful curve. The rosy-hued bells are quite hidden beneath the leaves and may be seen only when the long stems are turned over. These bells are streaked outside and lined inside with deep rose colour.

Plate XLIII

Pink Garlic (Allium cernuum)

Pink Garlic (Allium cernuum)