Allium Gladiator

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Allium Gladiator

The Allium Gladiator is a part of the Alliceae family, which is a perennial plant grown from a bulb.  At maturity, this plant can reach up to 48 inches tall.  Since there is some spread, you want to make sure approximately 12 inches are left between plantings.  The Allium Gladiator grows best in zones 5 through 8 and to ensure the plant grows healthy and strong, it needs full sunlight.

The Allium Gladiator is popular because of the beautiful purple blooms, which appear during the late spring and early summer months.  The color and fragrance of the flowers are a natural attractant to birds, butterflies, and bees, making this a wonderful addition to any landscape.  For water, the Allium Gladiator needs an average amount, which is done by watering on a regular basis but without overwatering.

Just as the purple flowers of the Allium Gladiator are beautiful outdoors, they also make great cuttings.  Therefore, if you wanted to bring color and fragrance to the interior of the home, you could create a wonderful boutique.  In addition, the blooms can be dried and used for fresh potpourri or incorporated in a floral arrangement or swag.

Once the Allium Gladiator plant is grown and the flowers start to bloom, propagation can be done by dividing the tubers, corms, rhizomes, or bulbs.  Keep in mind that any seeds associated with this flower would not produce another plant in that the flowers are actually sterile.  For this reason, if you want to plant additional Allium Gladiator plants, you would need to propagate or purchase new bulbs.

One of the favorite aspects of these blooms is that they will typically last from three to four weeks.  While similar plants generally have flowers that die in only a week, perhaps two, you would have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant purple color and sweet smell for much longer with the Allium Gladiator plant.  You could use this plant along a fence row, around the backyard deck, in a flowerbed, garden, or even as standalone plants to add color.

Interestingly, the color of the flowers produced by the Allium Gladiator plant remain their color even after being cut.  For this reason, they make a great choice for floral arrangements and potpourri, as mentioned.  Even the foliage of this plant is stunning, which is a nice color green.  No matter where you decide to plant Allium Gladiator plants, they would look gorgeous on their own but for a more dramatic look, you could plant them alongside other perennials of your choosing.

Without doubt, the Allium Gladiator is a show stopper, a plant with color that would make you the envy of every neighbor.  Covered with clusters of hundreds of small purple flowers, it definitely gets positive attention.  Therefore, buying an Allium Gladiator plant is worth the time and money.  Once the first flowers bloom, you will be amazed at the transformation.




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