American onion bulbs
a hot spot. This dainty, chive-like allium makes a flower-packed edging and then produces scaly, papery seed heads that rattle.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Flower colour: pinkish-purple
- Other features: Dried flower-heads are useful for flower arrangements
- Hardiness: semi hardy
- Bulb size: 5+
The flowers on this Allium are quite papery, which means they last longer than many of the other varieties. In spring the first sign of growth is the appearance of the strappy foliage. This has usually died off by the time the flowers appear in late spring. The pinky-purple, bell shaped flowers emerge in clusters of up to 20 at a time on top of single stems. A great plant for an alpine bed or to add colour to the front of a mixed border.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs 5cm deep and 5cm apart in clumps or drifts. Avoid excessive soil moisture and split and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.
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