Botanical name: Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation'
German name: Purpur-Kugellauch
Family: Alliaceae (Leekfamily )
Flowering time: May to June
Foliage: deciduous / retracts after flowering
Growth habit: geophyte / bulbous plant
Origin: Central Asia
Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation' is a real eye-catcher in any garden. Between May and June, the plant blooms to its full glory. The flowers, arranged in umbels, are purple-violet in color and seem to float above the slender stem. With the help of the intense coloration and the wonderfully fragrant nectar, it attracts quite a few bees and butterflies. The ornamental leek grows about 60 to 80 cm tall, with a width of up to 30 cm. After flowering, the color of the flowers changes and it turns into a warm golden yellow.
Purple globe leek needs a well-drained, humus-rich and nutrient-rich soil. In addition, it likes it especially in sunny locations, because the more sun it can absorb, the more intense the flowering turns out. Nevertheless, no winter protection is needed, because the spherical plant can withstand temperatures as low as -20°C. Basically, Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation' should be watered regularly. However, if watered less frequently, but thoroughly and penetratingly, this stimulates the plant roots. Thus, they penetrate deeper soil layers and better survive periods of drought.
As an early summer plant, purple globe leek fits perfectly in perennial beds. The other perennial plants conceal the practically inconspicuous foliage, and the imposing flower balls attract all eyes. Planted in large numbers, the ornamental leek looks particularly impressive. With the help of catmint, steppe sage or lavender, gaps between the individual balls can be filled. The intense purple coloring provides a nice contrast to lawns or natural stone walls. It doesn't matter what style of garden is being pursued, because our plant of the month can be playfully incorporated into any garden.
In these and many other gardens, the ball leek has already been used:
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