Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • Product Info

    Allegheny Onion (Allium allegheniense )
    Lily Family

    Bluestars begin to emerge in March, starting as green, leafy shoots. Flowers emerge as the shoots are still rising up and before the leaves have fully unfurled. They have true blue flowers that provide an early nectar source for butterflies and long tongue bees. The dense, needle-like foliage are what sets this species apart. Groupings of 3 or more will add a stunning texture to the garden. Stalks remain sturdy and blemish free throughout the summer season, while slowly developing long, skinny seed pods. Leaves will turn a golden yellow in the fall, completing the 3-season glory of this plant. This is a no fuss, long living, easy plant to grow, though it takes ~3 years to really develop. It is very difficult to move or divide once established, so site appropriately!

    Blooms: Magenta, 3-4 weeks, Jul-Sep.
    Leaves: Bright green, narrow & linear
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 1-2'
    Soil: Average-Dry, prefers rocky soils with higher pH
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Likely many types of bees, unknown
    Seeds:   Papery capsules hold numerous shiny, black seeds

    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 5-9
    Native Status: NC native, rare in the Mountains
    Provenance: WV, seed grown