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Specialist alliums

Specialist alliums are best grown either in a sunny rock garden or in containers.


Specialist alliums are daintier in appearance than the more robust border types and often have looser flower clusters.


These plants appreciate hot, dry conditions. They are happiest in free-draining soil in sun or in pots of gritty compost that can be sheltered from very wet weather.


Specialist alliums dislike wet growing conditions both in winter and summer. They will not flower in shade.

Did you know?

The starry purple flowers of Allium schubertii are held on stalks within the flower of unequal length.

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