Al­lium ‘Mil­le­nium” Peren­nial Plant of the year

Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

Al­lium ‘Mil­le­nium” (note the one “n”) adds a bril­liant pink-vi­o­let high­light to the sum­mer gar­den. It’s a real but­ter­fly mag­net. This peren­nial pick of the year by the Peren­nial Plant As­so­ci­a­tion is a tried and true per­former. Un­like spring bloom­ing al­li­ums, ‘Mil­le­nium’ puts her show on in July and Au­gust, just when many other plants are be­gin­ning to lose their lus­tre.

In the early part of sum­mer, the plant sports glossy, deep green, grass-like fo­liage that rises six to 12 inches above the ground and makes its own or­na­men­tal state­ment. After bloom­ing, the at­trac­tive seed heads can be left in place as this va­ri­ety does not self-sow to the same ex­tent as some other hardy al­lium.

The ball-shaped, two-inch di­am­e­ter flow­ers grow on scapes that reach 18 to 20 inches, their vi­o­let tones set off well by low-grow­ing Core­op­sis lance­o­late which will pop­u­late the gar­den from May to Au­gust in neat clumps and also at­tracts but­ter­flies.

Al­lium is not par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive to ei­ther deer or rab­bits.

Be sure to give her plenty of sun­light al­though a bit of wel­com Al­lium light af­ter­noon shade will be ed.

'Mil­le­nium'.

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