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Allium ramosum

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Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: ramosum (ram-OH-sum) (Info)

Synonym:Allium odoratum
Synonym:Allium odorum

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Category:
Herbs

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Aromatic

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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1 positive
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive DonnaMack On Jun 1, 2011, DonnaMack from Elgin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a completely carefree, tough and lovely allium. It is rarely seen. I bought three plants originally, but they seeded and produce lovely, fully hardy flowers in the fall, making them unusual. They combine beautifully with roses, and may possibly repel predators, since the rose in the picture is only visited by those lovely creatures, leaf cutter bees.

Regional...

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

Grayslake, Illinois
Marrero, Louisiana
Plainfield, New Jersey
Tangent, Oregon



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