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The Turkestan onion is a perennial onion bulb grown both for its late-spring to summer blooming globes of pale pink flowers and its pairs of long, grayish-purple leaves which grow almost horizontally. Unlike most ornamental onions, the Turkestan onion keeps its leaves even while in flower. However, all onions lose their foliage in even the mildest winter climates. As a member of the onion family, this plant releases the familiar pungent fragrance when its leaves or stems are crushed. It is native to central Asia where it grows in well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant this bulb in the autumn four inches deep (10 cm)in fertile, neutral soil. Take care to plant it in well-drained, even sandy soil, since the bulb can rot if planted in wet soil. Onions are drought tolerant once they are established. Ornamental onions have a tendency to self-sow; lift and divide the clumps only when they become crowded. Plant Turkestan onion in a mixed bed or rock garden. The muted foliage and pink flowers provide a soothing contrast to hot-colored flowers and deep green foliage of other summer blooming plants.
9 - 5
5 - 9
H1, 1a, 1b, 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
4"-10" / 10.2cm - 25.4cm
6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Purple, Light Pink
Purple, Gray Green
Bedding Plant, Edging, Rock Garden / Wall
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