Can You Identify This Unusual Bulb for Me?

“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