Huge flower heads, reaching six to eight inches across, are borne on tall stems well above the foliage. The deep violet starburst like flowers open in late spring and make a dramatic statement in a sunny location. The flower heads will fade and dry to a tawny silver that adds an interesting element to the summer garden. These bulbs are great for sandy and dry locations and are completely drought tolerant.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, yellow, silver
Great Color Partners: lavender, pink, purple
Culture NotesOrnamental onions grow best in full sun and sandy soil. They will tolerate a heavier soil as long as it is very well-drained or even clay soils if the location is sloped and water does not puddle in the winter. Leaves will grow through the late winter and spring, only dying back as the bulb begins to flower. Yellowing leaves can be trimmed to the ground or hidden amongst other plants. Bulbs can be planted in the fall.
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Plant Type: bulb
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 10
Flower Color: purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant