Mystery Plant – January 2010

If you know the genus and species of this month’s mystery plant, you could win a free year’s subscription to Fine Gardening . Send your entry, along with your complete mailing address, by January 31 to [email protected] . The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

Last month’s mystery plant  was golden garlic, specifically the cultivar ‘Jeannine’ (Allium moly ‘Jeannine’, USDA Hardiness Zones 3-9). ‘Jeannine’ golden garlic is a popular perennial bulb that grows up to 10 inches tall and wide. Its species is native to southwestern and southern Europe and it prefers fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant bulbs in fall and you’ll be rewarded with umbels of cheery yellow flowers in early summer. Catherine Van Orman of Newton, Massachusetts, was chosen at random from all correct entries to receive a free one-year subscription to Fine Gardening. Congratulations, Catherine!

What eLetter subscribers have to say about Allium moly ‘Jeannine’:

“Greetings from the mountains! The mystery plant is Allium moly, not my favorite allium because it is just too tough and comes up where it is not really wanted. But still I can’t bring myself to get rid of it!”
—Liselotte Hirsbrunner, Chesieres, Switzerland

“I have a group of these bulbs in my garden and absolutely love them!”
—Debra Johnson, Northampton, Massachusetts

“I grew these in my rock garden. They grow quickly and spread rapidly through the early summer and summer months.”
—Teresa C. Walters, Covington, Kentucky

“One of my favorites!”
—Susan Hampel, Sequim, Washington

“I have been trying to track down a source for this, in order to add it to my garden! I hope to succeed soon, and enjoy these sunny blooms!”
—Donna Gisch, Farmington, Minnesota

“It’s an excellent bulb! I have it growing under oak trees and it does quite well.”
—Becky Gamble, Southlake, Texas

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