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Debbie124Debbie124 Posts: 17
Hi.  What have I got please?  I rescued these from a friends rubbish heap last year, and planted them, thinking they were alliums or onions.  They don't seem to be the flowers, but do onions have these tops?  Thanks in advance


  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,467
    edited June 2019
    Do the leaves smell 'oniony' when you crush them?
    I think there is a type of onion where you have a head that you can use.
    Maybe someone else will be more knowledgeable than me!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,328
    They are some sort of allium / onion , allium are part of the onion family 
  • Debbie124Debbie124 Posts: 17
    Yes, leaves are oniony, rather nice actually :smile:
  • TheveggardenerTheveggardener Posts: 1,057
    We have them in our front garden. The top will open up to show what I can only describe as seeds. A neighbour always pinches mine so I do know what the are like but I think he eats them but wouldn't swear to it. 
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150
    Looking at the stems and the shape of the bud they might be allium "summer drummer".

    I've just linked past discussions about it into this page... ⬇

  • Debbie124Debbie124 Posts: 17
    Brilliant, thanks muchly all.  I'm going to plant them out in the sunniest spot I can find & have more patience.  Do we think it'll be too late for them to flower this year?  Nannaboo - cheeky blooming neighbour!  :-( 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,156
    Late to the party, but if the buds have little bulbils in them instead of flowers they could be walking onions.
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  • Debbie124Debbie124 Posts: 17
    Hi Jenny. Opened one up - can't make out if it's bulbils or a flower head. Time will tell. Thanks for introducing me to walking onions - hadn't heard of them before! :-)
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    Pretty sure they are not walking or welsh onions, they have slightly different leaves, more tubular and hollow. Id say they are summer drummer, or possibly white cloud. I had one very similar last year which opened in mid to late summer and turned out to be white cloud

  • Debbie124Debbie124 Posts: 17
    Now I'm getting excited!  Many thanks Jellyfire  :)
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