These tall, lofty perennials have a lush bright purple bloom that can help to add elegance and style to your garden.
Allium giganteum is a tall onion species native to Central Asia. The Allium genus iself is a genus that features every type of onion, from garlic through to shallots.
allium giganteum photograph by Manuel.
'giganteum' is the tallest species of the cultivated onions.
Though valued as an edible pant in Asia, in most gardens around the world this stately bloom is only planted its their decorative blossoms.
White and purple Allium giganteum plants, photograph by F. D. Richards; CC.
This plant requires a medium level of maintenance to perform at its best, and is particularly suited to US zones 5-8. They prefer warmer temperatures and strong sunlight during the day.
Be sure that soil is well drained but retains a trace of moisture. This will enable the Giant onions to better withdraw the nutrients necessary for proper growth.
If correctly taken care of, these plants can grow to be between three feet and five feet (90 to 150 cm). Allium giganteum grows best when grown in groups, so be sure to arrange them in at least a group of five.
Many gardeners choose these to line their flower beds, due to their columnar nature. They are also great as cut flowers in arrangements and emit a pleasant, leafy fragrance. They add a mysterious aura to a garden and can be used to great effect.
Giant Onion Flowers, image by Neil; CC.
Giant Onions growing in a field, photograph by cultivar413; CC.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Allium giganteum. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Sternbergia and Zephyranthes plants.