Ornamental Onion

Ornamental Onion - Alium
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Description: There are many highly ornamental allium species, which are grown for their often large flower heads held high on stiff, erect stems. The larger forms make excellent border plants, while others are suited to raised beds. Allium is a genus of great diversity, Fine grassy leaves give some species a delicate appearance while others have fleshy strap-like leaves. Allium gigantium is perhaps one of the most eye-catching species with spherical heads 12cm or more across consisting of tightly packed, violet, star shaped flowers on stout stems.

Hardiness: Most are hardy in the UK and temperate parts of North America

Height: 20cm to 1m depending on species or cultivar

Position: Full sun

Soil: Exceedingly well drained soil

Water: Drought tolerant once established

Usage: Beautiful plants for an early show of colour. Can be planted amongst other plants such as hostas so when they die down the foliage is then covered by the host foliage

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