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botanical name:
Nectaroscordum siculum
Nectaroscordum siculum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Ornamental Onion, Sicilian Honey Garlic
synonyms:  Allium siculum, Trigonea sicula, Nothoscordum siculum
family:  Liliaceae
characteristics: perennial, scented/aromatic
height: 1.20m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
Bulbous perennial linear, sharply-keeled basal leaves, smelling of garlic and in summer stems bearing graceful umbels of up to 30 pendulous, bell-shaped, pink-flushed white or cream flowers, tinted greenish at the bases. The seed-heads turn upwards as they mature. The leaves start to die back at around flowering time.

cultivation:
Fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate a little light shade. Plant bulbs at about 10 to 15cm deep.

propagation:
From seed or by division of offsets.

other notes:
Native to southern Europe and the western Mediterranean. A virtually identical sub-species is found in areas around the Black Sea.

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