allium ‘Summer Beauty’
Allium lusitanicum ‘Summer Beauty‘ (syn. A. angulosum ‘Summer Beauty‘) is often appreciated for its glossy deep green foliage in the spring and lilac flowers in the summer. Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ can also add tremendous color and texture to the winter garden.
Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ produces leaves up to 10 in. long with flowering stems of up to 20 in. tall. These plants work well in mass plantings, although individual plants can be slow to establish and take up to three years to begin spreading. A. ‘Summer Beauty‘ is a sterile cultivar, so unwanted spread by seed-in is not a concern. Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ is a cultivar of a plant native from central Europe to northern Asia–from France and Italy to Siberia and Kazakhstan– and is at home in the Midwestern perennial garden.
Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennial Farm developed A. ‘Summer Beauty‘ based on plant material collected from a Chicago area garden. The cultivar is now widely planted throughout the Midwest and Northeastern regions due, primarily, to its resiliency to diseases and pests and, additionally, to its great value as a source of pollen and nectar for honeybees, bumble bees, native bees, and butterflies.
|Botanical Name||Allium lusitanicum ‘Summer Beauty’|
|Common Name||allium ‘Summer Beauty’|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part-Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||1.5ft x 1-1.5ft (45cm x 30-45cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin: Introduced by nurseryman Roy Diblik of Northwind Perennials Farms.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate|