Plant ID forum: Ornamental onion?

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miltonsmom
Jun 25, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Have 2 areas where these surprises came up. Slender stalks resemble onion or garlic. Paper husks starting to pop, revealing rock-hard violet heads. Wi neighborhood near Lake Michigan.
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plantladylin
Jun 25, 2016 2:54 PM CST
Hi miltonsmom, Welcome!

You didn't state where you live/where the plant is growing; it reminds me of Allium but I don't know which one. We have a lot of Ornamental Onions listed in the database: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Ornamental+Onion&...

Hopefully someone more familiar with Alliium will be able to offer suggestions.
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kniphofia
Jun 25, 2016 9:37 PM CST
Most likely Drumsticks (Allium sphaerocephalon), a great plant for bees.

miltonsmom
Jun 26, 2016 7:40 AM CST
Definitely not drumsticks as I have those: the flower heads are more oval and quite a bit bigger than these little buggers. I'll keep watching...

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