Allium ‘Moly’ has star-shaped, 1/2″ diameter, bright yellow flowers which appear in loose clusters above leafless stalks (9-15″ tall) in late spring. Its blue-green leaves are flat, tulip-like, (to 2″ wide and 12″ long) and appear in 2’s. All parts of this plant have an oniony smell when cut or bruised, however this plant is generally considered to be a non-edible ornamental. Also commonly called lily leek and golden garlic. Flowers are great to attracts butterflies!
Alliums are good in rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens or naturalized areas. They are particularly effective when naturalized or grown in wide drifts. Plant in groups of ten or more for an eye catching focal point.
Alliums: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates a wide range of soils. They grow best in rich, sandy loams. Plant bulbs in fall. Plants will naturalize by both offsets and self-seeding, and a modest planting of bulbs can colonize an area rather quickly in optimum growing conditions. Not considered overly aggressive, however. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread.