Also called ornamental onions, these bulbs and all the plant parts are edible, but are grown primarily for their lovely flowers. (We don’t recommend eating the bulbs themselves, as they were grown for flowers, not food, and chemical use regulations are different for ornamentals. They’re probably fine, but there is no way to know for sure.) Because they taste onion-y, deer and rodents leave them alone.
In both mild and cold winter locations, plant now in the fall for flowers in late spring. Choose a well-drained sunny location. Plant 2-3 times the size of the bulb deep, with the pointy end up (root end down). Water in thoroughly, and don’t let them completely dry out. They’re super cold tolerant, and will be fine underground until spring. After flowering, the seed head makes an interesting display (and can be dried for home decorations). Leave the leaves to die back naturally, as they are feeding the bulb for next year. A dry dormant period in the summer and a cold winter improves next year's performance.
Purple sensation: This is a favorite variety for its baseball sized purple pom-poms on the end of quite tall stalks. This is a hybrid, so seeds saved from it will not produce flowers exactly like the parent, but there are reports of lovely interesting flowers that do result. To propagate vegetatively, divide the bulbs every 3-4 years.
Due to state agricultural restrictions, we are not permitted to ship Allium bulbs to Idaho, or to the following five counties in the State of Washington: Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Klickitat.