Alpine Rosy Bells – A Plant of the Alliaceae Family
These flowers are members of Alliaceae Family and their scientific name is Allium orephilum. They are rosy red and pink blooms that loose and like open umbels of bells. They usually bloom in late spring and early summer. They have a height of 0.25 to 2.75 feet and spread up to 0.1 to 0.25 feet. They have medium foliage of green color and their leaves en-sheath the lower stem. They are native to Central Asia and not North America. Clusters of these rosy pink bells with slender stems make your garden look graceful. They are the one of the most charming varieties of allium Family. They symbolize good fortune, patience and prosperity. They are originated from Turkmenistan.
Uses of Alpine Rosy Bells
- They are popular cut flowers.
- They can also be grown on naturalistic flowers.
- They complement other spring blooming bulbs like daffodils and tulips.
- They are cheery addition to borders too.
- They are perfect for rock garden planting.
- They are deer resistant and non invasive.
- They spread rapidly and form clumps.
- Zwanenberg is a variety of these flowers which has brighter carmine flowers.
- Multiplies annually and thus it beauty gets greater year after year.
- As they are perennial flowers, they would even survive in freezing temperatures.
- They require well drained and fertile soil.
- They require a sunny spot.
- They are expected to bloom in late spring.
How to Plant?
- These flowers can be propagated through separation or division.
- One needs to plant the bulb 4 inches deep in fall and space them 3 inches apart.
- Again you can divide and replant in fall.
- When you transplant the Alpine rosy bells make sure the temperatures are mild and there is no chance of frost.
Maintenance and Care
- It requires full sun and easily taken care of.
- For protection in winter apply mulch in fall.
- These flowers can catch diseases like White rot, Bulb rot, Mildew, Rust, Smut, Purple blotch and Gray mold.
- Pest like Onion fly and Thrips can also harm the flowers.