In praise of… Allium ‘Millenium’

A clump of Allium 'Millenium'. This is an upright plant with narrow green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing dense purple-pink flowers in rounded umbels. It is planted at the corner of a wooden raised bed, and you can see blurry coral-pink flowers and a beech hedge, behind them.
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There are a lot of Alliums out there, and one of my favourites is this one, Allium ‘Millenium’. It’s around 30-40cms tall and is one of the latest season flowering alliums that I’ve come across, flowering late July and into August. And as you’ll see from these pictures, it’s well loved by pollinators and I’ve seen honey bees, bumble bees, hoverflies, bee-flies and butterflies feasting upon the pollen.

A close up of one rounded flower head with a honey bee searching out pollen within the middle of the flowers.
A honey bee feasting upon Allium ‘Millenium’

I’ve had this for a couple of years. Originally it was just a couple of stems with flowers and some leaves, and as you can see, it is now clumping up nicely. I think I’ll hold off until next year before splitting the clump, and then distributing some of these bulbs to other areas of the garden.

Several heads of the flowers, with one in the middle mostly in focus. You can see another honey bee on the edge of a different flower.

It flowers for several weeks, is no fuss, just cut back the dead foliage at the end of the season and it will come up again next year. Unlike the taller alliums, it doesn’t need staking, a bonus if you have a windy garden that’s up the top of a big hill. It has a slightly aromatic fragrance too. Honestly, what’s not to love?!

A collection of the same flowers with a honey bee gamboling across them.

Video (16 secs) of a bumble bee gamboling over the flowers in the search for more pollen. With a little help from Peter Gabriel 🙂

Yes, I love the larger alliums and have those in the garden too. But for flower longevity, it’s pollinator attractions, and being so easy to grow and maintain, Allium ‘Millenium’ is a winner in my garden.

2 thoughts on “In praise of… Allium ‘Millenium’”

  1. I have a similar allium in my garden (the label just said allium angulosum so maybe mine is a common relative of yours?) but I’ve never seen mine with so many bees on it, I’m plainly going to have to pay more attention to it!

    • I’ve not heard of that one so looked it up and that’s very pretty too. It does look very similar, only the individual flowers come out all at once on each stem on Allium ‘Millenium’. Maybe we could do a swap sometime, as I’d love to have that one too!


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