Allium species are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced
on scapes. They grow from solitary or clustered tunicate bulbs
and many have an onion odor and taste.
Allium are part of the onion family. There are more
than 850 species of Allium.
Other Names: Onion, Garlic, Leek, Chive,
Descriptions: Allium is known for tall
growth with a dense globe of flowers. Allium are
know for their tubular stalks and "pom-pom"
like flower globes.
Size: Allium plants grow 4 inches to 3
Symbolism: Allium symbolizes good fortune
and prosperity. Allium can also mean unity, humility
Grow Details: Allium bloom in clusters
or as solitary blossoms. Most allium plants produce
between one and twelve leaves that may be flat,
linear or basal. The allium flower heads are made
up of single pistil and up to six stamens.
Soil Type: Well
Soil PH: Alkaline Ph >7.2
Light: Full sun to light shade
Grow Zone: Allium grow in zones
4 to 9
Plant: Plant the allium bulbs in
Height: Allium grow 4 inches to
3 feet tall depending on the species. The
blossom can measure 3-12” across.
Flower Colors: White, yellow, blue
and purple hues.
Propagation: Easily propagated by
seed. Plant seeds outdoors in fall.
Division/Transplants: Easily propagated
by bulb division.
Blooming Period: June to August
Type: Bulb / Perennial
Herbal Remedy Properties: Indians of Peru
frequently used this plant for both religious
ceremonies and as a folk medicine. Garlic (allium)
is used as an antiviral and antibacterial agent.
Allium is also used for asthma, skin conditions
Native Area: Allium are found in most
regions of the world except the tropics and New
Zealand and Australia.
Other: Allium is the Latin word for garlic.
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