Allium aflatunense ~ Purple Allium

June 1, 2009

blooming allium purple 2

I grow the spring blooming bulbs, Allium aflatunense and its sister, Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’ in my cutting gardens.  Blooming in mid-May for me, they bring some early color and interest along with the late tulips.  If not cut during their colorful blooming stage, they will make an interesting cut flower later, when the florets have turned into green seed pods.  The foilage starts to decline as soon as it begins to bloom, so plant these where the dying foliage can be hidden by other plants.

Growing information:

Hardy zones 4 – 9

Height – 24 to 30 inches

Bloom time – late spring

Prefers sun.

For the longest vase life, cut when the first few florets are opening.

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