Common Names: Allium, Onion Flower, Garlic, Flowering Onion, Drumstick
Botanical names: Allium, (AL-ee-um)
Availability: April through September
Vase life: 5 to 7 days
Storage temperatures: 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Globe-shaped clusters of flowers on long leafless stems. The long stem of the Allium with its bold globe of flowers adds a strong line element to a floral design.
Color: Purple, pink, blue, white, yellow.
Botanical facts: The name is from the Greek for garlic.
Design notes: The long stem of the Allium with its bold globe of flowers adds a strong line element to a floral design. Alliums range in size from 15 cm (6 inches) to 180 cm (6 ft) giants.
Purchasing hints: Look for well formed heads with 1/3 to 1/2 of the florets in bloom. Stems should be firm and healthy.
Conditioning: Remove two to three inches of the stem with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Most Allium will release a strong onion or garlic odor when cut. This odor generally dissipates. To revive a flattened head, hold upside-down between palms of hands and roll back and forth to spin and fluff the head. Allium represents strength, patience, good fortune and prosperity.