Allium insubricum – (Parasol Onion)

$10.00

A beautiful rare allium prized for its large nodding pink flowers

Description

This allium is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful alliums. It is  a very rare species, which flowers in summer. It is native to the Lombardy area in northern Italy, and is named for the area around Milan.

Allium Insubricum has extremely large bright pink flowers which hang down as the flower head is hooked at the top. There can be up to five of the flowers  to a flower head, and they are much larger than those of other alliums.

Allium Insubricum has flat leaves which taper towards the top of the leaf.

 

Seed Raising Advice

Allium seeds need a period of moisture and cold to break dormancy, before they will germinate.
The period of dormancy can be provided by placing the moistened seed in a refrigerator. Put the seed into one fold of a moistened paper kitchen towel, folded into 4 ,and which has been gently squeezed to eliminate most of the water, seal the paper & seeds in a plastic bag ( don’t forget to put in a plant tag with the date of fridge entry) and leave in the refrigerator door for 3 to 8 weeks at around 4 to 5°C. Inspect from time to time, and if any have sprouted lift them out carefully, pot up, and propagate at 10-15 deg. C. After chilling bring ungerminated seeds (leave in plastic bag), out of the fridge to 21° C. for 3-8 weeks. Inspect and pot any which germinate.
The cold and hot procedures above should be repeated for any ungerminated seeds. Finally any remaining ungerminated seeds should be potted up and left for natural germination which may take some time..

 

 

Additional information

Classification

Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Parasol Onion

Family

Alliaceae

Maximum Height

38 cm

Number of seeds in packet

approx 20