Most people are already aware of the beauty of ornamental onions, or alliums. Rising above the border on erect stems, their globe-like flower heads punctuate herbaceous borders or more formal planting along pathways or in containers. Allium stipitatum Violet Beauty is unusual amongst its relations because it has the added benefit of a subtle floral scent.
Plant in the middle of herbaceous borders to grow through attractively textured foliage such as euphorbia or senecio and by early summer A. Violet Beauty will burst into life. Each sculptural flower head is shaped like a flat-bottomed dome, comprising multiple purple star-shaped flowers.
In the garden the purple blooms are a magnet for native pollinators. The flowers and the seed-heads are superb for flower arranging (if dried they last for years – and they are especially dramatic sprayed silver!), making this a good all-rounder for your garden.
Common Name: Ornamental Onion
Hardiness: Frost hardy
Height & Spread: 100cm x 100cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained, fertile soil, including chalky and sandy
Aspect: South, east or west facing
Position: Full sun, sheltered
Flowering period: late May – June
Care: Split large clumps in spring or autumn