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Allium Purple Sensation or Persian Onion is a big favorite, with purple globe flowers about 4 inches across. (Allium aflatunense)

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 28-32" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 10 - Bulb Size: 12+ cm
SKU 29MIBU10
This is the Allium that started it all--the really beautiful tall relative of onions, leeks, and chives that has now taken its place in flower gardens. The flower head consists of over 100 little star-shaped blooms arranged in an amazing globular starburst. Planted close together for a group effect, these bulbs add lovely lavender color plus the interest of the fascinating globe-shaped blooms atop strong stems. They've become many gardeners' favorites.

About the Alliums. Every family has its beauties. And yes, these are the best-looking members of the family of Allium, which includes onions, leeks and chives. (The word, Allium, means 'onion' in Latin.) Many Allium species are native to Iran, where many tulips also originate, and the edible Alliums have been cultivated and a staple of diets for over 10,000 years.

The beauty of the small lavender flowerheads of chives have always been a decorative highlight in herb gardens. But in recent years, gardeners have become fascinated with the larger Alliums, particular the giants. As always, the Dutch hybridizers took them into their stocks, and now we have a whole group of beautiful new flowering onions for gardens. Most bloom in late spring so they bridge the gap nicely between the tulip season and early summer bloom of peonies and poppies.

Experienced gardeners plant these giant Alliums in groups of several bulbs, set very close together. The foliage is not attractive for long, so it's important to plant them next to other perennials whose foliage will more or less cover the Allium's base. This way, the wonderful flower stalks rise up and tower over the other flowers for a wonderful period of bloom.

SKU 29MIBU10
Common Name Persian Onion
Botanical Name Allium aflatunense
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 28-32" tall
Bulb Size 12+ cm
Bulb Spacing 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 5" deep
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Flower Size 4-6" flowers
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Additional Information Heirloom Bulb
Prohibited In Idaho
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsAllium Bulbs Purple Sensation
 
3.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (14)
  • Accurate instructions (11)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Healthy (10)
  • Low maintenance (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (16)
  • Outdoors (8)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (12), Getting started (6), Casual hobbyist (5), Master gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lovely

I was worried that they would not be very large, but they bloomed and got huge! A lovely shade of purple. I hope they pop back next year, as I will definitely use...Read complete review

I was worried that they would not be very large, but they bloomed and got huge! A lovely shade of purple. I hope they pop back next year, as I will definitely use them for my wedding.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No Alliums in zone 8B

Do not buy past zone 7. They will not grow. I planted 30 and they shot up about 3" and just said by. Purchased from here based on good to zone...Read complete review

Do not buy past zone 7. They will not grow. I planted 30 and they shot up about 3" and just said by. Purchased from here based on good to zone 9. As another website states:AlliumsMost alliums struggle in Zones 8-10 in the South, so we don't recommend them. Pre-chilling does not help them cope with southern heat. From [@]They are very nice if they would come-up.

Reviewed by 28 customers

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4.0

Not quite a soft lavender

By 

from Wauconda,IL

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

    These were very pretty, they just did not quite come out as a true lavender. My batch seemed to be closer to a lighter plum. As far as I could tell, all the ones I planted did come up and were very healthy and hardy.

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    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Beautiful and Huge!

    By 

    from Spokane WA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

      These Purple Sensation Alliums are beautiful and HUGE! I planted them in two different areas of my garden and they did very well. I will be ordering some more.

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      • Personal
       
      2.0

      Wish there were more blooms

      By 

      from Southern Vermont

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

        We've had bizarre weather over the last six months -- a warm winter followed by a very warm early spring, then an unusually cold, wet April and May. So I'm not terribly surprised that my allium haven't down all that well. Of the ten bulbs I planted in the fall, six or seven plants come up, but of those only three have generated blooms. Hopefully next season will be better.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
         
        5.0

        Pretty

        By 

        from Stanton, Iowa

        About Me Master Gardener

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fragrant

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

          love these in my flower garden.

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          • Personal
           
          1.0

          Where are they?

          By 

          from Chapel Hill, NC

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

          Now,third week of April in a year that had an early spring, I've seen the foliage of only one bulb. I'm very disappointed, especially as alliums are generally such easy-to-grow, pest resistent plants.

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          2.0

          alium

          By 

          from groton, ct

          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

          these have not bloomed as yet.

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          3.0

          don't know yet

          By 

          from boone,nc

          About Me Getting Started

          Pros

          • Nice Bulbs

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

          came up but I don't think that they are going to bloom

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          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Alliums!!

          By 

          from Bremerton, WA

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

            It's a little early for blooming yet, but all the shoots are up and it looks like none have died. I'm so excited. I've never had alliums before.

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            • Personal
             
            1.0

            Such a disappointment

            By 

            from Columbia SC

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions

            Cons

            • Didn't Bloom
            • Small In Size
            • Unattractive

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

            I was so looking forward to beautiful intense purple allium blooms but was terribly disappointed. Out of 40 bulbs that I purchased only 5 bloomed! The bulbs looked pretty bad themselves when I planted them. The instructions were to wait till after the last frost which I did. I don't know what went wrong. I buried them the depth and distance apart the instructions said.
            IF you think there's a chance that if you send more I will have a much, much higher ratio of blooms to bulbs and that the color will be close to your pictures, it would be fine to replace them IF THEY CAN BE PLANTED NOW. Otherwise, send something comparable in price that can be planted and bloom this time of year in Columbia, SC..I have taken pictures with my iPad but I don't know for sure how to attach them this form but I will try. If not, let me know if you want the pictures sent in a separate email.
            Please don't disappoint, I was so excited to have found y'all and want to keep doing business with you. I'm amazed at the pictures of beautiful flowers people send in from seeds, bulbs they got from your company.
            Thank you so much!
            Teresa Rader

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            1.0

            Bulbs dried out on arrival

            By 

            from Bethesda, Maryland

            About Me Master Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Most Were Empty Shells

              Best Uses

              • Garden

              Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

              Customer service promised to send a replacement but I have not seen it so far.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              4.0

              There's room for alliums in every grade.

              By 

              from Alpine , NJ

              About Me Master Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                Lovely puffs of color suspended high above the other flowers.

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                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Can't wait to buy more!

                By 

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Lawn
                  • Outdoors
                  • Pool Area

                  Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                  First year buying these bulbs. Very healthy plants. Lasted a very long time. Color was beautiful and the flowers attracted numerous bees and butterflies all season long. Will definitely be buying more.

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                  • Personal
                   
                  3.0

                  Love the purple color

                  By 

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Getting Started

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                    We are in zone 8, and only 4 out of 10 bulbs bloomed so far. Not excatly sure what happened to the other 6. I might dig out the planting area this fall to see if the bulbs are still there. It has rich purple color, I don't see allium in many places here, so I thought it is an attractive plant.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Will buy more -- something different from the neighbors

                    By 

                    from Eagle, Idaho

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                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors
                      • Patio

                      Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                      Looks great and different than any of the neighbors have,
                      attention getter. I plan to buy more.

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                      • Personal
                       
                      5.0

                      Allium bulbs purplre

                      By 

                      from Livingston, New Jersey

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Fragrant
                      • Hardy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio

                        Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                        I used them in my garden because the deer didn't eat them. Very happy.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Lovely

                        By 

                        from Brookfield, IL

                        About Me Casual Hobbyist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Low Maintenance
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Cut Flowers
                          • Large Areas

                          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                          I was worried that they would not be very large, but they bloomed and got huge! A lovely shade of purple. I hope they pop back next year, as I will definitely use them for my wedding.

                           
                          1.0

                          No flowers

                          By 

                          from Fountain Valley, CA

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Pros

                          • None

                          Cons

                          • None Of The Bulbs Bloomed

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden flowers

                          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                          Was expecting beautiful flowers. None of the bulbs bloomed.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great addition to my garden!

                          By 

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Casual Hobbyist

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Large Bulb Size
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Reliable Growth
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                          • Some Plants Small

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                            These alliums were delivered as expected last fall and all but one or two bulbs (20 total) bloomed this spring! The flowers are large and beautiful! Some are small with small flowered heads though, and one or two don't have a flower at all. I am hoping this is only because it is the first year growing.

                             
                            5.0

                            Big Bulbs, Big Blooms

                            By 

                            from Clifton Park, N. Y.

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Large Bulb Size
                            • Long Bloom Time
                            • Low Maintenance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                I was quite surprised with the large size of these bulbs as compared to ones available locally. The bulbs were planted the very end of November which was late for my zone 4/5 area, but performed very well. These 36" stems with 5 to 6 inch flower heads were a welcome addition to my perennial bed after the daffodils finished blooming. Some bulbs even produced multiple stems. Can't beat American Meadows for quality and service.

                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Love purple

                                By 

                                from Florida

                                About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Long Bloom Time
                                • Low Maintenance
                                • Reliable Growth

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Border Control
                                  • Large Areas

                                  Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                  Bought for Stepmother. Loves to garden.

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  BEAUTIFUL ACCENT TO MY GARDEN

                                  By 

                                  from ROCKAWAY NJ

                                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                  Pros

                                  • Long Bloom Time
                                  • Low Maintenance
                                  • Reliable Growth
                                  • Vivid Colors

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Border Control
                                    • Raised Beds

                                    Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                    GREAT FOR REAR OF SPRING GARDEN

                                    COMES BACK EVERY SPRING. CAN'T WAIT FOR BIG FUZZY FLOWERS TO BLOOM

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great product

                                    By 

                                    from Lowell, MA

                                    About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Large Bulb Size
                                    • Long Bloom Time
                                    • Low Maintenance
                                    • Reliable Growth

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                        Was thrilled to see blooms from every bulb I planted this spring. The Allium are beautiful and did not disappoint at all. Plan on purchasing from American Meadows again and again and again for all my planting needs.

                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        love them

                                        By 

                                        from annapolis, md

                                        About Me Avid Gardener

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attractive
                                        • Healthy
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Garden

                                          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                          I'm in Zone 7a. These alliums are performing beautifully. My first year growing them. They make a nice show and are excellent cut flowers...tuck some greenery around them and they last and last in a vase. I'm purchasing more to plant among perennials. They are blooming now with my daylilies, cranesbill, phlox and hydrangea and add a nice contrast.

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                                          • Personal

                                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          1.0

                                          No Alliums in zone 8B

                                          By 

                                          from Baker,Fl

                                          About Me Master Gardener

                                          Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                          Do not buy past zone 7. They will not grow. I planted 30 and they shot up about 3" and just said by. Purchased from here based on good to zone 9. As another website states:AlliumsMost alliums struggle in Zones 8-10 in the South, so we don't recommend them. Pre-chilling does not help them cope with southern heat. From [@]They are very nice if they would come-up.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

                                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Wish I would have bought more!

                                          By 

                                          from Georgia

                                          About Me Avid Gardener

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Instructions
                                          • Attractive
                                          • Hardy
                                          • Healthy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Garden

                                            Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                            My Allium has brought the interest I needed to my daylily bed.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

                                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Love my allium!

                                            By 

                                            from Athens, GA

                                            About Me Getting Started

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Instructions
                                            • Attractive
                                            • Hardy
                                            • Healthy

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden

                                              Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                              I am a relatively new gardener and was very excited (and nervous) to try growing alliums. They look beautiful and have come back for a second season. I am planning to buy some more to plant this fall.

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                                              • Personal

                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great Value for the money

                                              By 

                                              from Mt. Penn, Pa

                                              About Me Avid Gardener

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Instructions
                                              • Attractive
                                              • Hardy
                                              • Healthy

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Garden

                                                Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                                I purchased and planted these allium bulbs 2 seasons ago. In this economy my "gardening budget" has been cut so I was impressed to get such a value from this mix. The bulbs arrived clean, neat, ready to plant without any rotted, spoiled bulbs in the mix (a sad fact in my past with store purchased bulbs) All I had to do is pop them in the ground and ta-da; big, showy, long-lasting pink-purple spherical blooms!

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                                                • Personal

                                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                Stunning!

                                                By 

                                                from Miamisburg, Ohio

                                                About Me Getting Started

                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate Instructions
                                                • Attractive
                                                • Hardy
                                                • Healthy

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Garden

                                                  Comments about American Meadows Allium Bulbs Purple Sensation:

                                                  As a background behind iris they are stunning! Love looking out either my laundry room window or sunroom and seeing my gorgeous garden with all it's flowers from AM!

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