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Purple Rain Ornamental Onion

Allium 'Purple Rain'

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Purple Rain Ornamental Onion (Allium 'Purple Rain') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion in bloom

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion in bloom

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Purple Rain Ornamental Onion (Allium 'Purple Rain') at Greenbloom Landscape Design

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion flowers

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  14 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spread:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Ornamental Onion, Flowering Onion

Description:

Beautiful dark purple globes with large, perfect, and airy flowers that resemble an exploding firework; an excellent naturalizing plant that is also great in containers

Ornamental Features

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion features bold balls of lightly-scented purple flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its sword-like leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Purple Rain Ornamental Onion is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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