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Hardiness: 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) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
On Apr 19, 2010, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I planted a big bag of these (100) in Autumn 2008 that I purchased from a "Home Center Store". I was new at planting bulbs, waited too long (ground was somewhat frozen so my husband helped me to "chip" through it) & planted them in too much shade (only place I had room).
Even with all that, they came up in late Spring '09 looking really great!!
They bloomed a little later with stems that were a little thinner (from shade) & they angled "this-way & that-way", peeking through annuals & perennials (probably also from shade), but the overall effect was very pleasing with a different look than if they had been planted in full sun.
I'm really looking forward to them coming up this year. It will be interesting to see if they multiplied. Either way, I'll probably purchase some more for next year to go with the other varieties I'm planning to order from "Brent & Becky's".
On Jul 31, 2005, saya from Heerlen Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:
It's always surprising when it peeps out through the grasses...looks wonderfull and it demands nothing at all ...it echos plants or flowers that have the same colour (rubra or atropurperea) very cunning..
On Sep 11, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:
I grew this plant in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, for several years, and these little bulbs are the cheapest and most readily available of the ornamental onion bulbs. I bought mine at a garden center like WalMart and planted them in the Fall in a sunny, steep, rock garden. They do spread over the years, and their bright purple, ball shaped flowers nod on slender stems in the mid-Summer breezes. The thin, strappy foliage can be evergreen in mild winters, but dies down in really cold weather.
Perennial bulb from Europe, West Asia and North Africa.
Has long, linear leaves. Bears rounded to egg shaped, crowded heads of tiny, bell shaped, pinkish to brownish red flowers. Sometimes the flowerheads contain bulbils as well as flowers. The whole plant is slightly garlic fragranced.
Loves well drained, fertile soil in full sun where it will happily multiply to it's hearts content.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Wedowee, Alabama Belmont, California Thornton, Colorado Welaka, Florida Algonquin, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Gages Lake, Illinois Mount Prospect, Illinois Naperville, Illinois Lenexa, Kansas Ewing, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Springfield, Massachusetts Uxbridge, Massachusetts Owosso, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Florence, Mississippi Roswell, New Mexico Binghamton, New York Chester, New York Deposit, New York Yonkers, New York Elrod, North Carolina East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Florence, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Houston, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Farmington, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Henrico, Virginia Kalama, Washington Seattle, Washington Buffalo, West Virginia