Long flowering, long lived bulbs that are easy to care for. The gorgeous, open heads of purple, papery flowers last and last. There are up to 20 florets on each and they grow to around 6cm across on 15-30cm stems.
The flowers of Allium Murrayanum are gorgeous in a vase and will last up to two weeks, but if you can resist picking them, they will grow to form decorative seed heads that last through summer into autumn.
Allium Murrayanum have the best impact planted closely in drifts, rather than spaced out which can create a sparse show. The strappy foliage emerges early spring and is all but gone as the flowers bloom.
The blooms are edible and can be used to jazz up salads.
Alliums are tough, hardy, and beautiful too! They are members of the onion family and when the foliage is bruised, or crushed it smells just like onions.
Plant Allium Murrayanum into well drained soil in a sunny position. The soil drainage is important as the bulbs rot easily if left in bog. Adding some lime and compost to the soil will give them a good start in the garden.
Plant to a depth of around 7cm or twice the diameter of the bulb. Once planted, Allium Murrayanum bulbs are best left to naturalise. This means you can relax and leave them in the ground year after year and just enjoy flowers as they rise. To help them on the way, add a well balanced fertiliser in summer with the foliage. Don’t forget to mark their position (we use wooden kebab sticks just out of the ground) as you don’t want to put a spade through one!
Our Tip: Plant amongst summer perennials that emerge to keep the foliage hidden. As with most Alliums, the leaves begin yellow as the blooms take off. It is also a good idea to protect new foliage from slugs and snails (it emerges in spring). Also you want to keep them relatively dry during summer dormancy or ensure sharp drainage.
Late spring to summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Unavailable in WA, TAS
Full Sun to Semi Shade