Ornamental onion-Millenium

Ornamental onion


Latin Name: 
Allium sp.
Bloom Color: 
Scarlet Rose
Sun/Part Sun
Product Season: 
Summer Bloomer


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Grows to 1.5ft.  Tolerates a wide range of soils. Performs well in sandy soils. Add sand to clay soils as needed to improve drainage.  Attracts butterflies!

Although ‘Millenium’ is a true bulb on a stout rhizome, it forms a clump which can be lifted and divided in either spring or fall. Unlike many of the ornamental alliums, this hybrid is a clump-former which has reduced fertility such that on a normal flower head full of little individual florets, about 50%-70% of those florets will produce seed capsules with viable seed inside. If self-sowing is not wanted, dead-head after flowering.

‘Millenium’, commonly called allium, is a bulbous ornamental hybrid developed by allium breeder Mark McDonough. Its hybrid parentage is unknown, but likely includes some A. nutans. Each bulb typically produces an upright foliage clump of slender, somewhat flattened, broad linear, grass-like, glossy deep green leaves to 6-12” tall in spring. Unbranched naked scapes rise above the foliage clump to as much as 18-20” tall by mid-summer, each scape being topped by a showy 2-inch spherical umbel of rose purple florets. Flowers typically bloom mid to late summer (July-August). Although all parts of this plant have an oniony smell and taste when cut or bruised, this hybrid is considered to be an ornamental and is not used for culinary purposes.