Originally from the Spanish Pyrenees, yellow garlic, Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ is grown for the bright golden yellow star-shaped loose umbels that bloom in early summer and are attractive to bees and other pollinators. It is a popular ornamental onion with lance-shaped, grey-green leaves and often paired flower stems. Why onion? – Because yellow garlic belongs to the onion family and thus releases the familiar pungent fragrance when its leaves or stems are crushed.
Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ is certainly one of the easiest to grow.
Native: Southern and Southwestern Europe
Plant type: Hardy perennial, Bulb or Corm or Tuber. Deciduous.
Light: Full sun to partial shade (prefers full sun)
Soil: Well-drained (light), Moist, Loam, Sand, Neutral pH
Moisture: Average Water, Well-drained
Flowering period: May to June
Flower colour: Yellow
Fragrant: Foliage, Stem
Height: 30.5cm – 40.6cm (12in – 16in)
Spread: 20.3cm – 45.5cm (8in – 17in)
Time to plant: Fall. Plant about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze.
Propagation: Divide clumps in early spring (February to April); remove bulbous offsets in autumn.
Uses: Alpine, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
Has Thorns: No
Tips: Well suited to growing in a mixed herbaceous border and beneath trees and shrubs. Plant 7cm (3in) deep in well-drained soil. Onions are drought tolerant when they are established. Decrease water when the flower appears.
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