Fragrant purple flower globes open above attractive, blue-green foliage. The leaf blades twist and curl to provide additional appeal. When compared with it’s cousin, the popular Millenium Ornamental Onion, Lavender Bubbles bloom later and in a darker shade of purple.
Alliums are charming plants for rock or herb gardens. When the foliage is bruised, it smells like onions since they are in the onion family. That scent may be faint to people, but not to deer and rabbits. Lavender Bubbles is deer and rabbit resistant.
Butterflies and honeybees adore the sweet nectar the flowers produce making these a great addition to a butterfly garden.
Allium ‘Lavender Bubbles’
Common Name: ornamental onion
Zones: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.25 feet
Spread: 1.75 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Flower Color: Dark purple
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Tolerates: Rabbit, Deer, Drought
When designing containers and window boxes many people rely on a ‘thriller-filler-spiller’ combination. One large, outstanding plant (thriller), several medium sized plants to give the impression of fullness (filler) and several plants that cascade over the container with a blooming trail (spiller).
Lavender Bubbles Ornamental Onion is often used as a ‘filler’ in the ‘thriller-filler-spiller’ combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out.
Alliums are not repeat bloomers. After blooming cut the flower stalk to allow the plant to focus its energy back into the bulb.
Lavender Bubbles grow as a true bulb. Every 3 years dig up and divide the rhizome with the bulblets attached. Remove the bulblets then replant them in the garden bed about 10 inches away from the original location. These new bulbs will thrive for 5 years, providing you with a constant source of new plants.
When grown in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Add a watering meter to your containers and you’ll be less likely to lose your plants to drought.