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Can You Identify This Unusual Bulb for Me?

By: Jessie Keith

“I’ve tried and tried to find the ID of these beautiful flowers. Any help would be appreciated.”  Question from Pamela of Conroe, Texas

Answer: This beautiful, unique bulb is Mediterranean Bells Allium (Nectaroscordum siculum (aka. Allium siculum)). It is native to Southwest Europe and Turkey where it grows in sun-dotted woods, though it also grows beautifully in full sun. It makes an excellent cut flower, so take advantage of the long stems. Its clusters of maroon and green bell-shaped flowers bloom in late spring. I have found that they look good interplanted with columbine, Amsonia, and oriental poppies. If you plan to plant more, be sure to fortify the soil with Black Gold Garden Soil and bonemeal for bulbs.

Happy Gardening!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist

About Jessie Keith


Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

2 Comments

  1. gpashh

    OMword, thank you so much!! I’ve been trying to find this out for years now. The antique uniqueness of this flower has me mesmerized. I just love it and so happy that I own it and get to enjoy it year after year. I’m so grateful!

  2. Jessie Keith

    Great! I am so glad to be of help. It’s a really pretty garden bulb that’s underplanted. Enjoy!

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