Category Archives: Ornamentals

Allium victorialis diversity

Brynhild Mørkved has over the years collected forms of Allium victorialis from over it’s range – the Alps, Caucasus, Japan and the Kola peninsula in North West Russia. The main reason has been to try and determine where the naturalised populations in the Lofoten Islands originate as this isn’t a native plant in Norway.  I tell the story of the Lofoten victory onions in full in my book Around the World in 80 plants

Allium ochotense (a synonym for A. victorialis from the Far East)
Allium victorialis from Kola is by the far the earliest to flower, also in my garden
Demonstrating the diversity of forms of Allium victorialis


Diversity of Nordic horseradish

A Swedish PhD thesis concludes that there is large variation in the properties of horseradish found in plant collections in the Nordic countries (old naturalised and garden accessions). The diversity is large both in chemical content, form and appearance and DNA. This is somewhat surprising for a vegetatively propagated plant!

English thesis summary