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Allium altaicum 'Bone Head'
Chris Hardison @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Allium altaicum 'Bone Head'

Bone Head Altai Onion

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Item #: 13792

Zones: 5b to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Hybrid, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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Thanks to Denver Botanic Garden horticulturist Mike Bone for collecting this amazingly ornamental onion from the Central Asian (Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan) steppes. The 1.5' tall x 3' wide clumps are composed of widely inflated blue leaves and topped starting in early July with 30" tall stalks, each ending in a 2" ball of white flowers. This is both an attractive and curious attention-drawing plant that thrives in a dry, well-drained site. Many authorities think the edible Allium altaicum could be the progenitor of the commonly grown green bunching onion. A patch of these are sure to make you cry for joy.