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Allium Mairei – Dian Jiu

Dian jiu is the name this cute little allium goes by in China.

These alliums are perfect for the sunny rock garden or anywhere where tall plants will not shade them. They flower best in full sun.

The dainty rose colored flowers appear in mid-summer. The 4” tall foliage looks like miniature chives and tastes mildly of onion.

Allium amabile may be the same plant.

This native of china was originally found in alpine meadows. Hardy in zone 4 so long as the soil is well drained in winter.

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Allium Senescens Glaucum

This cute little allium will bring an “oooh what’s that” when visitors view your rock garden or trough. Just tell them it’s “Curly Chives”.

Be sure to place them in full sun where they won’t be shaded by larger plants. The low growing swirl of twisted foliage is grey green and flat like a garlic chive (but not as long) and has the same onion/garlic flavor. The 1” pink to lavender pom-pom flowers are held high on 6 to 8” stems.

This no maintenance plant is drought tolerant once established. Butterflies love them.


Allium Tuberosum – Garlic chives

I would not be without this fabulous herb. It’s a must for anyone who loves of garlic. They are great in salads, stir fries, eggs, with vegetables and especially in Asian inspired soups. Sometimes the plant is called Chinese chives or leeks.  The leaves are best when harvested young. They are flat rather than round like regular chives. The white flowers are also edible and add a subtle garlic flavor to salads. They bloom later in summer than a standard chive. The seeds can be used for sprouting, another delicious salad additive that you can save for winter, when the flowers are no longer available.  They to self-sow readily so be sure to cut the seed heads before the seeds fall if you start to get too many.  I keep this beauty in my white garden. They flower all the way until frost, when not much else is blooming.  The bees and butterflies love them too. They draw the pollinators to the garden like a magnet. I’d have them for this reason alone.  These plants are super low maintenance. The only thing I do to them is remove the dead foliage in spring and cut off the seed heads to prevent over production.


Allium Egyptian Walking Onions

This plant goes by many names the most common being Egyptian Walking onions.  They are fully hardy and perennial at least to zone 3.  The scientific name allium cepa var. proliferum leads one to believe that they are prolific…and they are. You will have plenty to share by next year, however I would not call them invasive since they are extremely easy to remove if you have too many and should then be eaten. These onions can reach 3 feet in height.  The curly and unusual shaped onions on the top are downright weird. They are sure to be a conversation piece in your vege or herb garden.  Both the top sets and the offsets at the bottom of the plant are edible.


Allium Caeruleum – Blue Onion

Daylily Mateus, rudbeckia and Allium Caeruleum1Alliums are bulbs that can naturalize, but in most cases are not considered invasive. This one is from Siberia so it will do well here in Wisconsin. They are about 18” tall sporting 1 1/2” globes, and will bloom in late May/early June. The sky blue flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies, and are not loved by deer. They like full sun and will tolerate drought. They will self-sow so remove the flower heads to keep numbers down. The onion-like leaves show up first, and then die back when they flower. Yes, you can eat them like a chive.

This is for 6 bulbs.


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