Allium and Plant Architecture

purple flower about to bloom
About to open

The ‘Purple Sensation’ allium has such interesting architecture. Each little blossom in the bulb seems to be held on a stick, radiating from the flower’s center. Each blossom is a tiny daisy, and watching them emerge in mid-spring is a joy. They start out as tight little balls.

allium about to bloom
Getting closer

Then as the bloom opens more fully you can see the tiny flowers.

purple sensation allium
A fully open ‘Purple Sensation’ allium

Then, voila, the plant is fully open, a round ball of purple standing tall in the garden.

The intricacy of plants continues to leave me in awe.


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