Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion
Allium 'Pinball Wizard'
Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion in bloom
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Plant Height: 10 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spread: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Flowering Onion
Slightly shorter than its relative the Globemaster, this selection presents large spheres of purple flowers on top of short, sturdy stalks; flowers bloom from late spring into early summer; low maintenance and easy to grow; summer dormant
Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion features bold balls of lightly-scented purple flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant sword-like leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion is an open herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Pinball Wizard Ornamental Onion will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.