Purple Sensation

The Purple Sensation allium (Allium aflatuence ‘Purple Sensation’) bulbs I planted last fall are starting to bloom. They are a bit shorter than the package promised–maybe 24 to 30 inches high compared to 44 or more. It’s likely they will grow taller in future seasons. They seem to like the spot where I placed them. All of the 32 bulbs planted came up. I love the way they open up with the purple petals emerging from the tight flowerhead (right), and then bursting into a fireworks-like circle.

2 Replies to “Purple Sensation”

  1. This is one of the stars of my garden. It complements the color of the orange/red poppies very nicely. It’s been a reliable bulb for the past 4 years or so. I’m starting to see some that are growing from seed, though none of them have gotten big enough to flower.

    No blooms yet this year, though I can see some forming on the most mature plants. Most (if not all) were blooming this time last year.

    http://flickr.com/photos/peterhoh/2461335934/in/set-72157604627989976/

  2. Thanks for commenting, and for linking to me from your blog. I’ve added you to my blogroll. Everything in my garden is a week to 10 days behind last year.

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