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Allium moly

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: moly (MO-lee) (Info)

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weedsfree On Aug 2, 2010, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are in clay soil and they bloom very well, though for only a couple of weeks. Mine do not multiply very fast either and I grow mine in full sun. They get 8" tall. I have had mine for 5 or 6 years.
None of my Alliums have ever self sown.

Negative dicentra63 On Jun 24, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have planted these in both shade and sun and they produce little in the way of flowers. But they produce lots of new little bulbs!

This is the yellow component of the "Mountain Bells Mix" as sold by Breck's.

Positive hallowsend On Jun 17, 2004, hallowsend from Rawdon, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Performs well in Rawdon, Quebec.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Best in rich, sandy loams. Plant bulbs in fall. Plants will naturalize by both offsets and self-seeding, and a modest planting of bulbs can colonize an area rather quickly in optimum growing conditions. Not considered invasive however. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Denver, Colorado
Ashton, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Olathe, Kansas
Lexington, Massachusetts
Pinconning, Michigan
Croton On Hudson, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Eugene, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Rapid City, South Dakota
Magna, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

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