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Red-purple Ornamental Onion

Full Sun Perennial

The flowers of Allium Atropurpureum have a unique deep purple-red color that doesn’t appear very often in nature. The name doesn’t do it any favors either, being just plain jane. However, the flower color is quite unusual and this, coupled with its sturdy stems and a delightful, tightly packed cluster of star-shaped flowers, makes this allium a truly unique flower and totally garden worthy! The flowers bloom between June and July and reaches 24 inches in height, attracting butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. Planted in groups, the affect is amazing. Mix it with large flowered Alliums like Globemaster or Purple Sensation for a fun contrast of size and texture. Originally from the Balkans, this Heirloom variety was introduced in the 1800’s. Unlike our other types of allium, A. Atropurpureum naturalizes on its own.

A Northern Sunset Perennial

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