Allium moly

Golden garlic

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Plant details

Golden garlic is perhaps the most popular ornamental onion, and certainly one of the easiest to grow. An old traditional cottage garden plant, it is happy in full sun but also in partial shade, which makes it a valuable bulb for planting under deciduous trees and shrubs, and also at the foot of hedges where it will soon spread into a naturalised carpet of bright golden stars which appear early every summer. Although a native of Spain and other warm areas of the Mediterranean, the bulbs are quite durable in our climate as long as the soil is well-drained. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: moly

Flower colour: Yellow

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Time to divide plants: September to October

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