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Nectaroscordum siculum (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)
Nectaroscordum siculum (photo courtesy of Susan A. Roth)

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Nectaroscordum siculum


Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Onion relative from the Mediterranean region and western Asia that creates an attractive silhouette. Strap-shaped, 12–16-in.-long leaves emerge in spring, give off garlic scent if crushed or bruised. Thick, fleshy stems to 4 ft. tall appear in summer, each carrying a baseball-size cluster of up to 30 nodding, 1-in., bell-shaped flowers. Blooms are white, suffused with pink or purple and tinged green at the base. Leaves die back at or just after bloom. As blooms fade, flowers become upright and form decorative seed capsules that can be dried for winter arrangements.

In fall, plant bulbs 1 1/2 ft. apart and 2 in. deep in well-drained soil, or start from seed in early spring. Attractive in a flower border or wild garden. May reseed in optimal conditions but does not become a pest.

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