Click for previous Image Image 1 of 4 Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri Ornamental Onion

Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri

Ornamental Onion

Plant Type:


Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri – This is an oh so worthy yet uncommonly encountered species with deep dark violet-purple flowers in an outward to downward facing fan-shape at the crooked end or each stem like the neck of a sleeping crane. It flowers in late spring / summer. Though the flowers are not large, about five-eighths to three-quarter inches across, they are profuse and the color is striking. The green grassy foliage is very fine. A clumping species, it has been completely well-behaved in our stone border where it has increased its girth but has not seeded about. Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri thrives in full sun and xeric conditions but is perfectly content in better soil. If ordered in autumn your Allium will arrive as dormant potted bulbs.


8-9 in


8-9 in


3 to 8(9?)
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Item Description Price  
ALLCYFA Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri (2.5 inch Square Extra Deep – 9.5 fluid ounces / 280 ml.) $11.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Allium cyatophorum subsp. farreri

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant


  • Full Sun


  • Rock Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Natural Garden
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Average
  • Draining
  • Calcareous


  • China

Propagated By

  • Division
  • Offset

Genus Overview: Allium

The Ornamental Onions are a large group with many garden-worthy species. We’ve selected some that have performed well for us. Most require full to nearly full sun in most any average garden soil. The addition of lime is helpful in acid soils. All our Alliums are offered as pot-grown flowering-sized bulbs from our stock plants.