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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 16, 2017 7:33 PM CST
Looking for the tallest, largest head, and most stunning looking flower head.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 9:39 PM CST
That sounds like fun.

Maybe this will help:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gar...
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 17, 2017 9:17 AM CST
DaisyI said:That sounds like fun.

Maybe this will help:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gar...


Thank you daisy, but I don't think they list enough varieties.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
May 17, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Globemaster is probably one of the best tall alliums; not as tall as Gigantium and Gladiator but the flower ball is huge and it is sterile so the blooms last for a long time.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 17, 2017 10:00 PM CST
DebbieC said:Globemaster is probably one of the best tall alliums; not as tall as Gigantium and Gladiator but the flower ball is huge and it is sterile so the blooms last for a long time.


What about showiest or most bizarre bloom?
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
May 18, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Allium Cristophii( Star of Persia) has gorgeous huge bloom heads on shorter plants; they are very showy. Allium Schubertii (Tumbleweed onion) has very bizarre looking bloom heads.
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 19, 2017 7:28 AM CST
Allium christophii. I really like mine.

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 7:38 AM CST
These plants have long intrigued me. I've only tried one, once. It was supposed to be a curly haired thing, but just looked like an onion plant gone to seed (dirty white plain jane bloom), which then seeded itself all over the bed. Years later, I am still pulling up teeny little onion-y whips. Since that disaster, I've been reluctant to try another one, although they do still draw my attention. What has been your experience with re-seeding?
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 19, 2017 8:14 AM CST
My Star of Persia took awhile to bloom and this is its 2nd year to do so. I haven't had any reseed that I know of.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
May 19, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Does 'hair' allium flower head get large?
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 19, 2017 10:02 AM CST
18"-24" is what I read.
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Bonehead
May 19, 2017 10:55 AM CST
That's the one I think I planted which ended up being just an onion near as I could tell, certainly nothing special or hairy looking. Could have been a mislabel, it's one of the few mail-order plants I've purchased, and I think the company (Michigan Bulb) has less than stellar reviews.
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Legalily
May 19, 2017 11:14 AM CST
I would agree that Globemaster is the most impressive as far as the size of the bloom even though others are taller. Schubertii and Christophii are also favorites of mine for unique, especially Schubertii. I have had Allium Hair in by my old garden and it followed me to the new house, but it is very invasive and reseeds everywhere whether I want it to or not. It is not my favorite of the alliums. I also like the shorter smaller Molly, Pulchellum (both white and purple) and Flavum (yellow). Basically I really like the diversity of the alliums and add more every year!
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