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Gladiator Ornamental Onion, Ornamental Onion
A hybrid of two large-flowered Central Asian alliums, ‘Gladiator’ is a bulbous perennial grown for its huge globes of starry, metallic purple, green-eyed flowers displayed in late spring to early summer. The dense, rounded flower clusters are borne singly atop tall, sturdy, bare stems which rise above deep green, broadly sword-shaped basal leaves that emerge and spring and wither as the blossoms appear.
In autumn, plant the bulbs of ‘Gladiator’ in fertile, well-drained soil at a depth of two to three times their diameter. Full sun is essential, and dryish summer conditions are preferred. Lift and divide the bulbs only when they become crowded.
Give this dramatic perennial a starring role in the mixed border or rock garden, or use it to dress up the vegetable garden. Plant singly or in groups among the foliage of other plants in order to mask the dying leaves at the base of the stems. Large alliums such as ‘Gladiator’ are wonderful combined with other late spring to early summer bloomers such as Siberian iris, roses, and meadow sage. They also add punch to fresh or dried flower arrangements. Just one in a vase makes a powerful statement.
9 - 5
5 - 8
2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Cutflower, Mixed Border
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