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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)
On May 22, 2011, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I love Allium Purple Sensation!
I planted 10 last Autumn just to try them (they're already multiplying . . . 11 have come up). They are spectacular, opening one at a time, then they keep growing after they open, & now they're huge & still growing!
They're growing right in front of some Salvia Eveline that I planted last Spring (another experiment) & the combination of the Purple-Violet Alliums with the Light Pink Salvias is beautiful & eye-catching.
We have all sorts of wild critters in our area & though we thoroughly enjoy them, I normally have to resort to things like "Liquid Fence" on many of the plants. . .but none of the critters have any interest in the Alliums which is another bonus!
I will definitely be planting more of these gorgeous Alliums in Autumn.
On May 28, 2010, trflan from Fort Worth, TX wrote:
We put a cabin on 10 acres close to Whitney, TX. These odd plants that looked like stunted, pale corn stalks started coming up in areas that had been bulldozed and covered with rock. Last week they bloomed and are so pretty and unique. One stalk had to wrap under a split rail fence to bloom. We have deer, sandy soil, nothing gets watered and it gets very hot, so these guys are tough!
On Jan 17, 2010, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:
Alliums are generally a reliable bloomer. On the plus side, they are not attractive to squirrels.
Purple Sensation are just as the name says. Plant them in bunches of 7 or 10 for a more visually pleasant spot in the yard: Yellow daffodils planted in front of the Purple Sensation is a most pleasing contrast.
Allium aflatunense is described as being lilac purple in hue. These would look splendid next to Blue Girl or Midnight Magic Blue Roses. Add some Blue (true blue) Hyacinths, then enjoy.
On Feb 25, 2006, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a super easy, dramatic, stand out in the garden. It never needs staking, even with the strong Spring storms we get in central Maryland. The flowers last a really long time and help fill that awkward gap between the later spring bulbs and the perennials. I plant these 10 at a time, to be sure I have some to cut for bouquets. They do fine in a bit of shade and just flower a little later. I have some planted in damp soil and others in hard, rocky soil. No problems. Our deer and chipmunks leave these alone.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
San Leandro, California Aurora, Colorado Wolcott, Colorado New Milford, Connecticut Cumming, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Rest Haven, Georgia Algonquin, Illinois Rock Falls, Illinois Saint Charles, Illinois Macy, Indiana Petersburg, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Hebron, Kentucky Durham, Maine Ellicott City, Maryland West Friendship, Maryland Peabody, Massachusetts Winchester, Massachusetts Grant, Michigan Mason, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Florence, Mississippi South Plainfield, New Jersey White House Station, New Jersey Los Alamos, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Clinton Corners, New York Pittsford, New York Felicity, Ohio Geneva, Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio East Norriton, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Austin, Texas Whitney, Texas Castlewood, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Petersburg, Virginia Weber City, Virginia Kalama, Washington North Bend, Washington Seattle, Washington Walnut Grove, Washington Cody, Wyoming