General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 32 inches and up
Plant Spread: varies
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Guardian plant
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Common names
  • Ornamental Onion

Photo Gallery

Date: 2020-06-01
After the bloom, still a striking plant.
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-19
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-09
Location: Stokesdale, NC
Date: 2022-05-10
Location: Germany
Date: 2022-05-16
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2012-05-09
Uploaded by MaryDurtschi
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Greenwood, MN
Date: 2013-06-13
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2019-05-08

Date: 2016-05-19
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-07
Size reference
Location: My Greenwood, MN garden
Date: 2016-06-03
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-05-12
Ornamental Onion 012
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Uploaded by treehugger

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-07
In the garden

Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man), Wikimedia Commons
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-21
Location: My Garden
Location: Concord, NC zone 7
Date: 2016-03-09
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2012-06-01 
These remain gorgeous long after the flowers fade.
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2012-05-02 
A bee and butterfly magnet!

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-04-29
Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On October 24, 2015 Obtained plant
picked up September 19, 2015 ADR - qty 20; DCA, X-CLB
aspenhill On September 28, 2014 Obtained plant
ADR - qty 5;FSB, TFB
MrsBinWY On July 25, 2020 Seeds sown
4 seeds from 2020G in 1/2-gallon milk jug. Put it on the back patio. If they germinate now, fine. If they need cold stratification, fine.
Frillylily On May 1, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Spray painted these after they bloomed, they do need staked sometimes. The paint held up really well and they lasted another 2 months before the base of the stalk rotted and they fell over in a wind storm.
dnrevel On November 12, 2021 Seeds sown
Planted four more new bulbs (purchased at the store) in the south front garden.
dnrevel On April 2, 2021 Plant emerged
Leaves showing. Actively growing. Did not do as well in back gardens, not well drained enough.
dnrevel On November 2, 2020 Seeds sown
Planted the bulbs in front garden, facing east.
dnrevel On October 22, 2020 Obtained plant
Bought the bulbs at local store.
paleohunter On January 1, 2024 Seeds sown
paleohunter On October 18, 2023 Obtained plant
paleohunter On September 25, 2021 Obtained plant
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