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Allium insubricum

Ornamental onion

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Hardy perennial

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photo by Tommy Tonsberg , copyright GAP Photos (283680)

Plant details

A rare, distinct and very beautiful species from limestone scree in the Alps, bearing umbels of up to five large, bright rose, bell-shaped flowers, at first nodding but then erect in summer. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: insubricum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Rose

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 35cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: February to May

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