Allium Beesianum – (Blue Allium)
Allium Beesianum is a very popular allium. It is one of the few true blue alliums , and its umbels of bell shaped cornflower blue flowers are a joy to see in the late summer.
Allium Beesianum is a beautiful allium , which is keenly sought by gardeners, having true sky blue flowers which hang in clusters like many small blue bells.
A bed of these flowers is a remarkable sight. This is the best blue allium for the garden. It is valuable also as a late flowerer, and produces flowers in the late summer on into the autumn, when flowers are becoming scarce.
This allium was introduced approximately 100 years ago from China by George Forrest, a scottish botanist who made many expeditions to the Yunnan region of China to collect plants, and lived through dangerous time there while continuing his quest for new and interesting plants.
Seed Raising Advice
Sow seeds at any time, covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep.Keep the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outside. Artificial heat is not needed and will prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezig of the moist seed tray in winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until they are of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
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