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common name: Ornamental Onion, Sicilian Honey Garlic
synonyms: Allium siculum, Trigonea sicula, Nothoscordum siculum
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Summer
full sun, part shade
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -12°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
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.
Fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Will tolerate a little light shade. Plant bulbs at about 10 to 15cm deep.
From seed or by division of offsets.
Native to southern Europe and the western Mediterranean. A virtually identical sub-species is found in areas around the Black Sea.