perennial

Golden Garlic

Allium moly luteum

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Golden Garlic (Allium moly luteum) at Green Haven Garden Centre

Golden Garlic flowers

Golden Garlic flowers

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Flowering Onion

Ornamental Features

Golden Garlic features dainty cymes of lightly-scented yellow flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer. Its fragrant grassy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Garlic is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined 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.

Golden Garlic is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Garlic will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 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 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features