The flowers grow up to an impressive 15-20cm across. It is made up of hundreds of tightly packed florets in shades of mid to dark purple. The florets are sterile, so last more than a month – even after this the seed heads continue to looking good into autumn and winter.
The curled, mid green leaves emerge in early spring and grow up to 60cm long. They feed the bulb with the spring rains and sunshine, then as the days warm, the flowers begin to grow and the foliage fades. As members of the onion, when the foliage is bruised, or crushed it smells just like onions.
Plant Allium ‘Abassador’ into well drained soil in a sunny position – they need at least six hours to flower well. 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 10-12cm or twice the diameter of the bulb. Once planted, Allium ‘Ambassador’ 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 fading foliage hidden. As with most Alliums, the leaves begin yellow as the blooms take off.
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