Some people call me “stinky.” Dogs and cats call me “toxic.” But florists see me in a different light. They think I’m beautiful. Hi, I’m the ornamental onion. You’re probably familiar with my cousins: garlic, chives and leeks. And while they have great culinary value, their flowers are no match for mine. I am the star of the show when I make an appearance in wedding day flowers and bouquets. If you’re looking for a unique flower, look no further.
- Allium flowers come in purple, pink, yellow, white, and even blue
- They also range in size from that of a quarter to about the size of a volleyball
- Most of the flower heads are oval (drumstick alliums) or globe shaped
- Some people are allergic to garlic and any other plant in the Allium family and these people should steer very clear of ornamental onions
- Ornamental onions are basically only available in spring and summer
- As long as you keep the vase water clean, the flowers should last anywhere from one to three weeks
Allium flowers represent unity, making them the perfect symbolization for a wedding. If you’re looking for a special little something to add to your wedding flowers, think about spicing things up with some ornamental onion flowers..
Looking for more Alliums? Check out my board on Pinterest.
Images: Top images, clockwise from top left: Allium tanguticum ‘Summer Beauty’, Spent Flowerhead, Allium ostrowskianum ‘Swanenburg’, Allium azureum, Allium ‘Lucy Ball’, Allium moly, Drumstick Allium, Allium ‘Mount Everest’, Allium ‘Globemaster’