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Allium acuminatum

Tapertip Onion

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height0.1m to 0.35m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPink purple, white
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Allium acuminatum (Tapertip Onion ). This species of perennial onion will produce mid-green, channeled, linear leaves, with flowers in umbels of pink-purple star-shaped blooms in the early summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Other common names

Hooker's onion

Origin

W. N. America

Interest and use

Grown for culinary as well as ornamental use. The stalk has the best flavour.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy, and will require an open, sunny situation with well drained soil. If left undisturbed a clump can be formed. Plant at a depth of approximately 12cm.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets, by seed in autumn or by division of clumps (spring flowering varieties in late summer and summer flowering varieties in spring).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to white rot, downy mildew, eelworm, rust and onion fly.

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