Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
Grown for its spring display of showy, airy flowers, this bulbous perennial from southern Europe and northern Africa is one of the most popular onions for ornamental use.
The grass-like leaves and compact, triangular flower stem arise from a small, white, ovoid bulb. The leaves appear in late fall and wither just as the clusters of starry, sweetly fragrant, snow-white flowers open. Both the leaves and the bulb are edible. Papery tan capsules containing black seeds follow the flowers. Plants may self-sow profusely.
Plant the bulbs of this ornamental onion at a depth of three times their width in fertile, well drained soil. This plant likes ample sun and dryish summer conditions, but will accept some shade. Lift and divide the bulbs only when they become crowded. Plant this beauty in groups in the mixed border or culinary garden. Naples garlic is an excellent cut flower. It is a favorite of bees. This plant may be invasive in mild climates, and is listed as a noxious weed in California.
9 - 1
7 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8"-20" / 20.3cm - 50.8cm
4"-12" / 10.2cm - 30.5cm
Spring, Late Spring
Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Northern Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Cutflower, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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