Allium Hair

allium 'Hair'_edited 7-1-09 Looking for something rather unusual … something deer don’t seem to eat? Try growing this unique bulb Allium “Hair.”  How this bulb came to be named Hair is pretty obvious.  I wouldn’t exactly describe the blooms as flowers but more cartoon character-ish.  Were there a remake of Fantasia, I could see a crop of blooming “Hair” transformed into out-there groupies digging a jazz improv skit.

I first planted “Hair” about four years ago in a partly sunny spot (about 4-5 hours a day).  It has done fine here – established itself enough to shoot up numerous freaky blossoms and, this year it has been blooming for two weeks (the photo above was taken on 7-1-09).  But, I have to stake the 24 inch slender stems to prevent the blossoms from flopping, so I suspect my “Hair” will be more robust if planted where it receives more sun and where it will grab the attention deserved by such an unique blossom.  I can see this blub planted in front of a green backdrop, but under a low growing shrub – one that will allow the slender stems to grow right through its branches, hold the stems upright, and allow the blossoms to dance above the bush where they can gently sway in the breeze, much the way a sea anemone’s arms gently sway with the ebb and flow of the sea.

Allium “Hair” is available from John Scheepers (page 67 in the Fall 2009  Beauty from Bulbs catalog …  Allium “Hair.” 

I’m curious … is anyone else is growing “Hair?”  How does your “Hair” grow?

1 comment for “Allium Hair

  1. July 13, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Joene,

    What a funky plant. I planted a few allium bulbs years ago and none of them survived and never tried them again. I may just have to try my hand at growing some Hair though. Anything that is deer-resistant is on my shortlist of must-haves.

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