Reddish violet balls 4–5″ across are borne on 20–30″ stems in late spring. This is the earliest of the large-flowered Alliums and also among the most affordable. Outstanding with silver foliage, and with Bearded Iris or Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla). Late-spring. 3 per sq ft.
For more information on growing Allium, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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mynan from Chatham, MA
So far, my favorite new addition to the garden, this year. I took the suggestion to plant with ladies mantle and bearded iris, since I already have these planted around my small, slate-edged fish pond. What a great idea. The ladies mantle provides a hiding place for the small, unimportant leaves below. The stems rise above and between, adding such a punch of color and textural interest. Almost identical in color to the purple bearded iris I have growing at one end, but with the addition of a reblooming white and yellow, I expect next year will be even better. I am sorry to see them go. They bloomed a little before the iris, which are still around. Wish they lasted a little longer.
Diane from Victoria, B.C.
We kept the lovely purple colour longer, for a garden party, by spray painting the seed heads a perfectly matching purple. Even our visiting, internationally famous garden experts didn't notice the scam.
treefarm from Columbus, OH
I planted these under a bed of hosta last fall and forgot that I did so. What a fun surprise when they started peeking out from under the hosta and kept growing taller until they finally burst out with this lovely feathery purple ball. The blossom is large but not as large as the giant alliums I've seen. I love these and plan to order more. This time I'll remember I planted them!
Bulb size: 22-24 cm/12-14 cm/6-8 cm (depending on variety)
The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") includes many garden plants that grow from bulbs or bulb-like rhizomes. Allium flowers form dense balls of color at the top of strong stems, and they make excellent displays in the garden or in bouquets. Allium flowers range from purple, burgundy, lilac, silvery amethyst, pink, blue, to yellow and white. Some varieties have scented blooms, but their perfume is usually pleasant and not the least oniony. The scent of the bulbs and leaves, however, may remind you of onions.
Light/Watering: Most Alliums grow best in full sun, with at least 6–8 hours of direct sun a day. Those we offer require well-drained soil and are longest lived in locations where the soil is on the dry side during summer dormancy.
Planting: Plant Alliums more shallowly than comparably sized bulbs, just 1–2 times the diameter of the bulb deep.
Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Alliums prefer well-drained, fertile soil. Fertilize in fall and spring with any bulb fertilizer.
Continuing Care: The leaf tips of many varieties, especially the tall ones, begin to brown before bloom time. Remove the spent flowers (except from varieties that are sterile, such as 'Globemaster') if you wish to prevent them from self-sowing.
Pests/Diseases: Alliums have few problems except when planted too shallowly or in wet soil.
Companions: Place Alliums behind heavy-foliage plants such as Peonies and Iris. Good for bedding, and in mixed borders. Flower heads are good for drying.
Dividing/Transplanting: Alliums rarely need transplanting or dividing, but this can be done when the bulbs are dormant.