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Allium flavum

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: flavum (FLA-vum) (Info)
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fireworks Yellow)

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Tarragon13 On Jul 12, 2012, Tarragon13 from Beverly, MA wrote:

Allium flavum has been growing in my zone 6-A garden for five years. I look forward to its blooms each June/July. The lemon yellow flowers are about the size of quarter on the top of 10-12" stems. They make an attractive clump at the border's edge. The soil in my garden is naturally ACID, not alkaline.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 12, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Prefers full sun. Soil should be relatively dry. Flowers are a dainty yellow.


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

Fox, Alaska
Denver, Colorado
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Beverly, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southold, New York
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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