A Really Cool Looking Flower

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

A couple of years ago we decided to plant some bulbs that we had never tried before. What a delightful surprise this one was. Two of the flowers came up white, while the other ones came up purple, there are also yellow, pink, and blue flowers that can grow from this plant. It can grow between 8- 40 “tall,  some of mine grew to the height of 12” YAY!

This is one of the hundreds of species of the Allium,(also known as Ornamental Onion) which by the way is from the Lily family ( ahha, no wonder I like it so much.) Super easy to grow in your garden or in flower pots ( I haven’t tried that one yet, but I think I will.)  If you plant them in pots, they will need to be watered more often. Drought Tolerant, Deer and Rodent Resistant, attracts Bees, and Butterflies, how can you wrong with a plant like that? 

Although if ingested it can be very toxic to Cats and Dogs, My dogs have been near the plants many times, and have never tried to eat them. Probably because if the leaves are rubbed they smell like an onion.

It likes Full Sun, although it will be okay in some shade as that is where my White ones grew, but they didn’t get as tall as the Purple ones. They can flower from May until July.

When the flower dies, cut off the flower, and cut the stem short. (I did not do this, as even the flower after it died looked cool in a flower arrangement.) 

If the leaves have turned yellow, cut them off.This helps the bulbs to stock up on their nutrients for the next blooming time. No Fertilizer is required. Like I said: super easy. 

They are such cool looking flowers that I think I will buy more bulbs this year, and plant them in various parts of my gardens.