Allium basalticum 'Silver Springs'

I've been on the lookout for a white allium for years, but all the ones I've grown seemed a bit murky and grey to me. Until this one – Allium 'Silverspring' has clear white petals around purple centres. I love it. More
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I've been on the lookout for a white allium for years, but all the ones I've grown seemed a bit murky and grey to me. Until this one, which has clear white petals around purple centres. I love it.

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Genus Allium
Group/Species basalticum
Variety Silver Springs
Type Hardy Perennial Bulb
Common Name Ornamental onion
Border Position Middle
Bulb Size 10/+

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Soil Type Chalky, Fertile, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60-90cm (24-36in)
Spacing Plant 15cm (6in) deep, 20cm (8in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Alliums can be planted outdoors from early to mid-autumn.
Care Tips Remember these are very perennial so plant them somewhere permanent. Removing the tatty foliage doesn't appear to affect the bulbs. Add grit on heavy soils. Potted Alliums can be kept in the pots and allowed to flower for their first season. Either sink the pots directly into the border or place into a larger container. Once they have finished flowering, feed with comfrey tonic and leave them to die back naturally in the pots, this will help bulk up the bulbs for next year. When the bulbs have completely died back, lift them and plant out into their permanent garden position. Alternatively you can plant out the pot grown Alliums from February to May before they flower. A root system will have established, so take care when transplanting into position and be sure the planting depth matches that of the pot.
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
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Allium basalticum 'Silver Springs' reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Derek

All three came into leaf, one flowered. May have been position.

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Reviewed 17th July 2019 by Hello Barbara

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Reviewed 6th July 2019 by Hello Jean

As with previous items, very happy with quality resulting in lovely blooms and a pleasure to grow!

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Reviewed 5th July 2019 by Hello Esther

The aliums sadly didn’t produce much - one weak flower which didn’t fully open.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Jacqueline

They were exactly what I ordered dit were a bit disappointed with them as a colour

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Diana

Very poor.
Only three out of the six produced flower heads of greatly varying sizes. Another one grew blind.
None of the flower heads had fully purple centres as shown in the picture.
NB I have already spoken to customer services about this.