2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Allium 'Violet Beauty' Overview
Allium stipitatum 'Violet Beauty' is a late-spring and early summer-flowering, deciduous perennial bulb that produces upright violet-purple rounded heads that can get 10cm across and 80cm high. These flower heads are made of clusters of individual star-shaped flowers. This easy to grow bulb needs to be planted in autumn in soil that doesn't get too wet. Allium 'Violet Beauty's' strappy grey-green leaves will start dying back before its flower head has fully opened - in early summer - making it ideal for planting in amongst grasses or later growing perennials to give a prairie-style feel. The spent flower heads will remain for a long time, showing some winter interest, or they can be cut for floral arrangements. Allium 'Violet Beauty' is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and/or pollen. An excellent choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! It has also earned an RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Common problems with Allium 'Violet Beauty'
White Onion Rot. Downey mildew
How to harvest Allium 'Violet Beauty'
Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as needed.
How to propagate Allium 'Violet Beauty'
A consideration is Allium grown from seeds may take several years to reach maximum size. Sow in containers in a cold frame when just ripe or in the spring.
Plant bulbs - or offsets from them - in autumn, up to three times their diameter. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. If you have clay soils, add grit to improve drainage.
Special features of Allium 'Violet Beauty'
Attracts useful insects
Suits being grown in raised beds or larger containers to balance the height of the flowering stem.
Repels harmful insects
Their mild onion scent can repel harmful insects from other plants
Other uses of Allium 'Violet Beauty'
Perfect in flower borders and beds, as cut flowers in cottage & Informal gardens and in scree or rock beds.