Nectaroscordum

A wonderful plant from the Allium family. You'll notice the similarity if you crush the foliage, which will then (and only then) give off a strong smell of garlic, just like other Alliums. The leafless stem stands tall to reveal bell-shaped flowers, striped in maroon and cream. Unusually, after fertilisation seedpods will form and the stem will stiffen and turn upright. They prefer sun or partial shade and will grow in any soil.

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