An unusual, ivory-white dwarf ornamental onion, Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen' (Turkestan Onion) is quite attractive with its elegant globe-shaped clusters, 5 in. wide (12 cm), of starry white flowers nestled in a beautiful foliage consisting of wide and recurved, gray-green leaves, slightly red edged. A very ornamental ensemble! Blooming in late spring to early summer, this Allium is a heirloom variety dating from 1876. This is one of the best Alliums for containers.

  • Growing up to 8 inches high (20 cm), this beauty naturalizes easily and will come back year after year!
  • Easily grown in rich, sandy to gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant.
  • Attracts butterflies, but deer ignore it!
  • Stunning in beds, borders, gravel and rock gardens or cottage gardens. Spectacular in large sweeping drifts. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 10 to 15 bulbs). Excellent as cut flowers for both fresh and dried arrangements!
  • To be planted in fall.

Many hundreds of Allium species exist, but only a modest few have made a name for themselves as garden plants. The ornamental onions distinguish themselves by their great diversity in color, inflorescence and flowering height. Many species bloom in early summer - just after the spring-flowering period and just before the exuberant full bloom of summer. All species can be used in the border. Certain small species are just perfect for a rock garden, and several lend themselves to naturalizing.