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Moly Alliums

At-A-Glance:

  • Hardy Zones: 3-10
  • Spacing: 4-5"
  • Height: 6-12"
  • Blooms: late spring
  • Planting Depth: 2-3"
  • Ships As: package of 25 bulbs
  • Full Sun Full Sun
  • Partial Shade Partial Shade
  • Deer resistant Deer resistant

Moly Alliums

Allium moly

About

Alliums are in the Amaryllis family, Amaryllidaceae, and are native to the temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere. There are over 700 species, including onions, garlic, chives, shallots and leeks. The blooms of alliums are held in umbels, tight or loosely clustered individual flowers, equal in length and spreading from a common point. The foliage smells of garlic or onions when bruised (the word ‘allium’ is Latin for garlic). Alliums usually bloom in early summer, providing a link between spring-blooming bulbs and summer-blooming perennials. Moly Alliums will produce 2-3" wide clusters of golden yellow, star-shaped flowers.

Planting

Plant allium bulbs according to the label instructions, 2-3" deep and 4-5" apart. The rule of thumb is to plant two to three times as deep as the diameter of the bulb. Choose an area that receives full sun or partial shade and has good drainage. Alliums will grow in a wide variety of soils, providing it drains well.

Maintenance

Alliums are easy to grow and fairly pest free. Fertilize in the early spring with a well-balanced fertilizer. As with other spring- and summer-blooming bulbs, let the foliage die back on its own, allowing the plants to create energy for next year’s blooms. Grow among perennial plants to hide the withering foliage. Most alliums will grow from seed; deadhead the spent blooms if you do not want volunteer plants.

Over-wintering

Moly alliums are very hardy and require no special care for over-wintering.

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