3 bulbs 261097-3 £11.50 Delivery late September
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6 bulbs 261097-6 £21.50 Delivery late September
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I love the elegance of this variety, like Allium sphaerocephalon, but almost double the height. These sort of glorified leeks are super-bold and architectural, particularly good planted with backlighting. Totally perennial.

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Genus Allium
Group/Species amethystinum
Variety Forelock
Type Perennial
Common Name Ornamental onion
Border Position Border (Back)
Bulb Size 12/14

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Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in)
Spacing Plant 15cm (6in) deep, 20cm (8in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Alliums can be planted outdoors from early to mid-autumn.
Care Tips Plant 15cm (6in) deep, 20cm (8in) apart. These are perennial and long-lasting so plant them somewhere permanent. Removing the tatty foliage in spring doesn't appear to affect the bulbs.
Flowering May - June
Vase Life Add a drop of bleach to the water to minimise the oniony smell or change the water regularly. They will look good for up to 2 weeks without rearranging.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
How to plant at different soil levels

Growing plants one on top of another gets the most out of every square inch of your outside space.

What to do with your allium seedheads

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Christmas decorations from the garden

Look to nature to create stylish decorations for the festive period, from items foraged from the hedgerows or collected from your garden.

Preserving flowers and berries in autumn

Preserve your autumn flowers and berries and you'll have beautiful arrangements for Christmas.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

How to plant and grow allium bulbs

Sarah's top tips on how to plant and grow allium bulbs for fantastic flowers in the garden or vase.

Planting artichokes with alliums

Sarah talks about why and how you should grow artichokes and alliums together.


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Allium amethystinum 'Forelock' reviews

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Reviewed 26th December 2020 by Michaela

Bulbs arrived promptly and looked healthy.

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Reviewed 7th July 2019 by Hello Helen

Service great - the bulbs did not flower - disappointed

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Reviewed 5th July 2019 by Hello Sandie

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Reviewed 4th July 2019 by Hello Julia

Only 1 of the three came up

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Reviewed 4th July 2019 by Hello Geoffrey

The Allium Forelock are beautiful and are a great addition to the Allium collection in the garden. Sadly, only two out of the three grew and produced flowers but they look very statuesque where they are situated

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Reviewed 4th July 2019 by Hello Lynn

One out of three flowered. That one is great – good size and the twisty stem is a definite feature. But would have liked three to flower for that price!