Have you ever heard of a plant called the Allium Millenium? Well, it's been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA) as the Plant of the Year for 2018. Some people call this plant an ornamental onion, while others say it reminds them of a lollipop. Intrigued? This week, I'm looking at the unique features of this award-winning plant, which could make a nice addition to your yard.
The Facts on the Allium Millenium
The Allium Millenium has dark green foliage and a ball-shaped cluster of florets that can be bright purple or mauve. Other species of allium can be lilac, yellow, blue, red, pink, or white. The Allium Millenium grows to be about 16 to 20 inches tall. These plants have a nectar attractive to both honeybees and butterflies. I suggest planting them near a large window looking out of your family room or kitchen. This gives your family the chance to observe the monarchs, swallowtails, and other butterflies as they pay frequent visits to your home.
Where Do These Plants Grow?
The Allium Millenium is a drought-resistant plant. They live in dry soil that's normal or sandy. If you live in a zone that falls between 4 and 9 on the USDA Plant Hardiness Map, then you're in the perfect place for planting Allium Milleniums.
Caring for Your Plant
When fall arrives, plant your Allium Millenium bulbs in an area that receives full sunlight. Since these plants can grow to be 20 inches tall, you may consider planting them next to a fence, so their long stems have some support and/or protection on windy days. These plants need very little water to grow, so if you're searching for a low-maintenance plant, the Allium Millenium may be the right choice for you.
Displaying Your Plants
One of the nicest things about the Allium Millenium is it can be combined with many other types of flowers in your garden. They look nice beside salvia, daylilies, or Shasta daisies. These plants are equally at home in a container as they are in a garden. In addition, planting Allium Milleniums is an easy way to give more appeal to a gravel or pebble walkway on your property. Of course, they'll also look nice planted outside your garden shed.
Fun Tidbits About the Allium Millenium
- The Allium Millenium is known as an ornamental onion because its leaves emit an onion fragrance when crushed.
- This plant repels deer, rabbits, and chipmunks with both its fragrance and its taste.
- They are sometimes called the lollipops of the garden due to their shape.
- Allium Milleniums are known to last a long time when cut and put into a vase.
- There are 500-plus species of allium around the world, including onions, leeks, and chives.
- These lovely plants are resistant to many insects and diseases.
- "Allium" is the Latin word for garlic.
- The Allium Millenium was created by Mark McDonough, who is an allium breeder.
One last note: If you have a lot of rabbits, deer, chipmunks, or squirrels stopping by your garden for a quick snack, plant a border of Allium Milleniums. These plants will add beauty to your garden while discouraging the activity of those pesky critters. Thanks for reading. - Alan