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Allium Sicilum       Back to Plants

    allium sicilum
(Nectaroscordum Sicilum SSP Bulgaricum, also Allium Bulgaricum, Allium Discordis). 
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.

 

PLant POINTS

Sizing
In general, the bigger the bulb, the larger the flower. Bulbs traditionally are sized in centimeters circumference (2.5 cm=1 inch) However, some bulbs do not size well and can not be measured in this way because of their odd shape. Eremurus is a good example of this; its long, spider-like arms cannot easily or practically be measured, consequently it is sold by grading it by numbers (number one being the largest of its type, number two being second largest etc.) In the case of these odd bulbs that can not be graded, we ship the largest practical size.

FROSTHARDINESS.
ITo the best of our ability, we have given you a guess as to how hardy any of the bulbs we offer are. Conditions vary greatly depending on microclimate, altitude, soil-type, etc. We have used the USDA chart, which divides the country according to lowest average winter temperature. You, however, are the best judge on how cold the weather really gets in your given area

DRAINAGE.
All bulbs need good drainage, this is more important that any other growing condition.

Naming
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by division.

BULB DEFINITION.
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by de vision.

ORIGIN.
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.

FERTILIZATION.
Once established, fertilize only sparingly prior to active growth. Water as long as there is green foliage. Fertilize with a well decayed manure or a chemical fertilizer high in P and K and low in N, preferably a slow release type as this is more practical and