(aka: Allium virgunculae var. kiiense) Allium kiiense is an amazing fall-flowering, endangered ornamental onion that hails from the Kii Peninsula and surrounding Gifu, Aichi, and Yamaguchi prefectures in southern Japan. Originally thought to be a variety of Allium virgunculae, Allium kiiense was elevated to species status primarily due to its flowers, which open sideways instead of upward. Allium kiiense makes a very small, rock garden-sized clump of needle-thin, 6" long, fleshy green leaves. The clumps are topped in late October and November with clusters of small, outfacing, lavender-purple flowers...simply delightful. We have found Allium kiiense easy to grow in our part sun rock garden.