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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.
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Hardiness Zone: 7a
By Louise from Harrisburg, PA
It is an allium, which is related to onions. It's gorgeous!
What do I do with allium bulbs when they are finished?
This site gives really good info on their care. www.easytogrowbulbs.com/
Just curious, I love these. Do you dry them? If so, do the hold up well in arrangements or are they fragile. I have a space I have been debating between these and purple iris. Thanks!
After they finish blooming, cut off the dead foliage and leave them alone. They will bloom again.
I just leave mine in the ground and they come back every year. I started with 1 blossom and I had 5 bloom this year. I probably planted the original bulb about 6 years ago. I need to divide them so that I'll get more blossoms in a couple of years. It's best to wait until the fall to move them, according to what I have read.
Allium are good in floral arrangements and are not too fragile but they are messy. They drop little black seeds (like poppy seeds) as soon as they start to dry. I decided to leave my flowers alone this year and let the seeds fall in the bed. Hopefully, this will result in more allium in years to come.
I'm not sure about drying but I bet they would do pretty well.
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? I need to know before I plant them this fall.
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!