Friday, May 8, 2009

Giant Onion

Giant onion, or Allium giganteum, in the New York Botanical Garden:

If you're a regular reader, you don't need to be told that the large purple globe is actually a sum of many smaller flowers, all of which radiate from the same spot on the top of the stem.

Giant onion, as you can guess, is a bulb and it doesn't look much different from the onion bulbs you'd buy at a grocery store.

I can't get enough of this funky perennial en masse, along this path. It provides such a great contrast to the verdant, spring green of the lawn.

Here it is again, playfully popping out of a boxwood parterre:

Just. love. it. So fun.

Allium is the Latin name for garlic, and indeed, giant onion shares its genus with regular garlic, which is Allium sativum.


Sally said...

Wow, where did you find them? We have had such horrid weather lately. What a find. Thank you!

Emily said...

ooo, I'd always wondered what those were. Can you eat them?