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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Oct 31, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Why is Allium Millenium sold as a spring-planted perennial instead of a fall-planted bulb?
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Oct 31, 2017 6:34 PM CST
Think it is a fall planted bulb

http://www.missouribotanicalga...
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Oct 31, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Yes it is a bulb. The companies that sell bulbs in fall do not generally sell it though. It is sold as a plant in spring, e.g., by Whitefliwer Farm. I would like to know why it is sold that way even though it is a bulb. It is the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2018.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Nov 1, 2017 5:01 AM CST
The hybridizer's web page says it is rhizomatous rather than bulbous, so perhaps it doesn't form the kind of bulb that can be dried and stored prior to sale? You can see the hybridizer's description here:

http://www.plantbuzz.com/Alliu...
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Nov 1, 2017 6:33 AM CST
@Sooby, Thank you so much for this link!

The rhizomatous character of Millenium is the answer, and this link is extremely helpful. It distinguishes rhizomatous Alliums from bulbous ones and mentions that the foliage of the rhizomatous group stays green all season instead of turning brown and shriveling up asthe bulbous group does! This distinction was new information to me. That makes the rhizomatous Alliums the best choice for me.

I planted seven Millenium plants among my roses this summer and want to add a lot more to other gardens to repel pests.
Carol H. Sandt

“...while the self-reflexive ego thinks by means of noting differences and drawing distinctions, spiritual awareness 'thinks' by an innate perception of kinship, of belonging to the whole." -- Cynthia Bourgeault
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Nov 1, 2017 6:40 AM CST
Alliums and roses will be a nice combo! Having read about it for this, I might try 'Millenium' if I see it for sale somewhere but I'm not sure if it's hardy to zone 4. Thanks for the acorn Smiling

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