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ALLIUM 'Lucy Ball'

Image of Allium 'Lucy Ball'

Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ALLIUM 'Lucy Ball'

Plant Common Name

Lucy Ball Ornamental Onion, Ornamental Onion

General Description

This attractive hybrid allium decorates the late spring to early summer garden with dense spheres of rich rosy-purple flowers. The rounded flowerheads are composed of many small, starry, individual florets, and are approximately 6 inches (15 centimeters) in diameter. They are borne on tall, strong stems which rise above strappy, green basal leaves that emerge in spring and fade as the plants bloom.

In autumn, plant the bulbs of ‘Lucy Ball’ in fertile, well-drained soil at a depth of two to three times their diameter. Full sun is essential for best flowering, and drier summer soil conditions are preferable. Plant singly or in small groups among the foliage of other plants in order to mask the dying foliage at the base of the stems. Lift and divide the bulbs only if 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. Bulbous alliums such as this are wonderful combined with other late spring to early summer bloomers such as Siberian iris, roses, and meadow sage. They also make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers, and add punch to both fresh and dried flower arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No