Allium Sicilum Back to Plants
Strong plant up to 3.5 to 4 feet tall with a flowerstem that springs from a rosette of broad, green leaves of which the largest is attached to the stem. Often, upon emerging, the stem will grow horizontally before becoming erect, depending mainly on weather conditions. Flowers are a cluster of bells on top of a long stem. Very different and elegant looking. Each bell is purplish/pink with a broad white edge and some green towards the center of each flower. When blooming, the bells become semi-upright. The flowers produce a lot of nectar and attract bees. Like Allium Multibulbosum, this is an extremely tough cutflower, 3 weeks plus in your home. There are two strains in cultivation, the European strain is more yellowish, peachy/pink and the Asian strain has mostly purplish colored shades. Our stock contains both strains. An exclusive, rare plant that naturalizes well and grows in both full sun and half shade.
Flowering time: Mid-June.
Placement: Grows well in sun and shade with a better, stronger color in the semi-shade.
Planting depth: 3-4”
Soil type: any good soil
Frosthardiness and USDA Zone: Hardy in zones 4-9.
Origin: Southern France, Italy, Sicily, Northern Iraq, Southeastern Turkey and West Iran.
Bulb size: 8 cm/up.
Planting time: fall.
If you familiarize yourself with the origin and natural growing conditions of these plants, you can avoid a great many costly mistakes. For instance, a plant that originates from a harsh land-climate will not do well in a tropical or sub-tropical climate, although it might prosper on higher elevations in such a climate.