Mediterranean Bells Allium
DetailsMediterranean Bells Allium (Nectaroscordum siculum) has elegant clusters of cream and wine-colored bell-shaped blooms. Well suited for rock gardens and containers, it naturalizes readily. Hummingbirds appreciate this fragrant plant. Mediterranean Bells are deer resistant and easy to grow in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Plant in large clusters for an eye-catching focal point. Allow leaves to die down naturally, so the bulbs can store energy, and Mediterranean bells will come back for many years. Mediterranean Bells Allium make great cut flowers and are a nice companion plant for early summer bloomers.
|Common Name||Mediterranean Bells Allium|
|Botanical Name||Nectaroscordum siculum|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Ships As||Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade|
|Flower Color||Purple, White|
|Mature Height||32-38" tall|
|Bulb Size||8-10 cm|
|Bulb Spacing||9 bulbs per sq. ft.|
|Planting Depth||Plant 5" deep|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Plant Type - Bulb||Perennial|
|Flower Size||4-6" flowers|
|Soil Type||Well-Drained Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Dried Flowers|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs
When you receive your spring bulbs (tulips, daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information and a planting depth illustration, see pages 14-16 of our Planting Guide.
Soil Preparation for Bulbs
A compost-enriched, well-drained soil is best. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.
Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure. However, Muscaria, Allium, Galanthus, Hyacinthoides, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well. Pink daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.
After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.
Protect your Bulbs
Apply a mole or gopher repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.
After your Bulbs have Bloomed
Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will ensure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Nectaroscordum siculum:
They didnt come up at all, dont know why...wrong place? Critters? Sure would like to try them again!!
- A shape more than a color
- Not as shown
- Where interesting shape is wanted
Comments about High Country Gardens Nectaroscordum siculum:
These bloomed about the same time as bearded Iris, just a little bit after the first allium had gotten started. In our climate, that meant the last third of May. :)
As with other allium, they require little care and are very reliable!
To my eye they turned out significantly differently from the listing photo. I was expecting that nice contrast between red and white. I have attached a photo of the very best that these allium ever looked. As you can see, they are kind of more of a muddy rose mauve.
They were fun to add to the allium "parade" in our yard, it just would be helpful to adjust expectations to look for possibly a lot less showy flower than shown. In real life these kind of blend in due to the low contrasting color.
They also do not hold their seedhead shape for a long time, unlike the seemingly everlasting ball shaped alliums.
They do make an interesting shape though! And they were a good value.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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