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This became one of my favorite flowers, after seeing an entire bed in bloom when I visited NYC. So gorgeous! The flowers are giant, the size of a grapefruit, and a beautiful purple-pink. Most allium I have seen for sale at nurseries are more purple or blue. These remind me of a fireworks display.
Onions and chives are also part of the allium family. The first year, I only got one bloom, but they divide every year if conditions are right. I think I have been lucky because I can't get anything else to grow in that area. I'm now up to 4 blossoms and I think it is time to spread them out so I get even more next year.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Louise from Harrisburg, PA
It is an allium, which is related to onions. It's gorgeous!
Last fall I planted my daffodils, allium, iris, and hyacinth, but in the spring only a few allium came up! I've never had this happen, what could have happened to them?
Just one idea; soil nutrients and PH levels change over the years. You can order a PH test and you would need to look up how alkaline or acidic your Allium needs.
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I'm not sure if it's because of all the rain we had, but I think my allium are especially bright and colorful this year!