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These won't make your eyes water
Member Name: blondmaiden
Date: 03/03/01, updated on 03/03/01 (24 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable and easy
Disadvantages: Bulbs can irritate skin. Can be expensive.
The Allium is a member of the onion family. Yuk, I hear you say. How can an onion be any good apart from being fried with sausages. Well you're in for a big surprise with these.
These bulbs are hardy, easy to grow and come up year after year in a variety of sizes and colours. There is the large Gigantium which reaches 3-5 feet to varieties under 1 foot. They are spring, summer and autumn bulbs and form clumps with flowerheads that dry well.
The flowers consist of many small star shaped flowers which form large globe shapes and most of them are pink, lilac or white with a yellow one called Allium moly.
The most impressive ones are the tall varieies such as globemaster, Christophii or aflatunense but there are types for all sizes of garden and they can be grown in containers.
The leaves should be allowed to die back after flowering to provide energy for the following year.
Contact with the bulbs may irritate the skin so care should be taken.
All in all they are a very impressive bulb.