Onion like bulb?

skipdukeFebruary 16, 2014

I planted these bulbs and I don't know their name. They've sprouted these onion like things ages ago but theyre not onions. What bulb are they?

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dowlinggram

They look like onions. Are they supposed to be a flower? If so they may be a variety of Alium. Alium is a flower but it is in the onion family and looks like onion when it first comes up

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 3:07PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Iris xiphium?

Here is a link that might be useful: Iris xiphium

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:27PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

chive or allium

will you know the name when someone suggests it???

does it smell of onion????

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

This post was edited by ken_adrian on Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 18:36

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 6:35PM
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suemcwirraluk

Bulbicodium?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 7:11PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Reminds me of Allium canadense.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:07AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Not chives (Allium schoenoprasum).

Hard to see from the image but are the leaves flat or round? That will help the identification along with does a broken leaf have a garlic/onion smell?

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:08AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Looks like Duke has skipped out?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:35AM
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skipduke

Leaves are round and sprouted straight after I planted them into tho ground about the end of October, and they're not onions bc I don't think I'd accidentally buy onions

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:53AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

They may be Ornamental Alliums which may be causing the confusion.
Onions are alliums, just not pretty in most cases.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornamental Alliums

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:33AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Knowing more about how you obtained these mystery bulbs could provide a clue. How reliable was the source? And do you remember what you thought you were buying? Did you tear and sniff a leaf? Digging one up to take a pic of the bulb part could help. You can add another pic in a reply.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 11:34AM
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skipduke

I actually planted some ornamental alliums behind where these plants are but they haven't sprouted. These bulbs were tiny, I covered them with like half an inch of soil. Before I knew it they were all sprouting. I bought them in Tesco which is pretty reliable. I guess I'll have to wait and see, fingers crossed they're not onions, but if so I guess it's a good problem. In the photo you can see how small they are in comparison to tulips

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 3:17PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

skipduke - those are your ornamental Alliums, just behind the Tulips. Take a piece of leaf, tear and sniff. Allium is a family of mostly bulbous plants. The onions we eat are only one member of it. If you bought a bag of ornamental Alliums, then you were buying members of the same family but ones sold for their flowers, not their food value. Van Meuwen works in conjunction with Tesco. Maybe you can spot your Alliums here:

Here is a link that might be useful: Ornamental Alliums

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:31AM
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