keeled garlic

Allium carinatum subsp. pulchellum (keeled garlic) is a pendulous allium with between 50 to 100 nodding bell shaped flowers that look like an exploding firework.

Also known as witch’s garlic, this flower looks great planted in drifts. It is native to the Mediterranean region from Spain to Turkey, north Sweden and the Baltic. It produces a single small bulb and has flat leaves, and an umbel of purple to reddish-purple flowers.

Botanical Name Allium carinatum ssp. pulchellum
Common Name keeled garlic
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 7
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest summer
Height and Spread 1.5-2.5ft x .5-1.5ft (45-75cm x 15-45cm)
Flower Color Purple
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native to Europe
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate

Average Flowering Time