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Nectaroscordum siculum

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream, Pink and Pale Green in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Brown in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Sicilian honey garlic

Family

Alliaceae


Nectaroscordum are deciduous bulbous perennials with linear, garlic-scented leaves and a tall leafless stem with a terminal umbel of bell-shaped flowers in early summer

N. siculum is a robust perennial with keeled basal leaves and a stem to 1.2m in height, with a terminal umbel of nodding, long-stalked, bell-shaped flowers combining cream, pink and green tints, followed by decorative, erect seed pods in late summer

Synonym(s)

  • Allium nectaracsardium
  • Allium siculum

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grows well in any moderately fertile, well-drained soil. May self-seed freely

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in autumn or spring, in containers in a cold frame or remove offsets in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free