From the Alps, this is considered to be possibly the most desirable of allium species being closely related to the equally beautiful Allium narcissiflorum. A very scarce species, it has heads of up to five individually very large flowers of bright rose pink, hanging in clustered heads in summer. This is a neat, non-invasive plant for a sunny alpine bed or trough and produces very few seeds indeed.
Sow seeds at any time, covering them very thinly with compost or grit, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed pot in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Parasol onion
Packet Content:10+ (Approx)