Also known as Nectaroscordum siculum var. bulgaricum. These creamy, bell-shaped blooms tinged green and pink hang from baseball-sized flowerheads, and the gray-green leaves take on interesting spiral twists. The papery, tan seedpods turn upwards as they mature. Will self sow. For us, the bloom time of Allium bulgaricum overlaps with that of Tall Bearded Iris and Baptisia.
The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") offers colorful, distinctive, and long-lasting forms that are standouts in the early-summer garden. Alliums are sun-lovers and prefer well-drained, even sandy, soil. Deer, mice, chipmunks, and related predators generally avoid this group, so you can plant with impunity. Tuck them among clumps of summer-flowering perennials where the Allium's withering foliage will be hidden by the expanding perennials.
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.
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Hodgepodge Gardener from Arlington Heights, IL
I planted these about 4 years ago and never really liked them that much because the blooms (even though I think the blooms are beautiful with the little bell shaped flowers) always ended up horizontal and not vertical and got lost in the foilage surrounding them. This year, however, I finally got smart and cut the plentiful blooms and used them as cut flowers in the house. They lasted well over a week and made for a very interesting and unusual bouquet.
Steeplebush from Maine
I planted 9 bulbs of this several years ago. Only 5 came up, but wow! Over the years they have slowly multiplied and they are a show-stopper! As someone mentioned, a little support for the tall stems is a good idea, but place subtle support early on so the the unusual 3-D twisted foliage can also be on display.
EASzab from Columbia County NY
I planted all 12 of these in a small bed. Only 4 of them came up. Still, I am very happy with them. The foliage is interesting and the little hanging bells are quite delightful. It's hard to see them unless you're up close to them, but it's hard to miss the hummingbirds who flock to them constantly.
lilygrower from Winnetka, IL
These are elegant, distinctive flowers, not only in the garden but in vases. They highlight my Winnetka garden just before by early blooming species lilies are martagons open up.
If you don't have some (of the bulgaricum OR early blooming lilies), better get some
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.