Name: Nectaroscordum siculum aka Sicilian honey garlic
Type of Plant: Aka Mediterranean bells aka Allium siculum. A bulb with tall flowers in spring and early summer.
Why I Love This Plant: This is a stylish and somewhat subtle plant. Those who favor brilliant colors that can be seen from yards away may not appreciate it, but I love it for its height, sweet bell flowers, and the fact that it self-seeds in and around other perennial plants. Bees love this member of the Allium family because it’s nectar and pollen rich. It’s a great flower for cutting as well, useful for displaying a single stem in a bottle or including in a bouquet.
The bulbs tolerate drought and like many alliums, the foliage goes dormant after the plants flower. And be sure to watch as the flowers emerge in May…the flower cluster bursts out of its protective sheath as if they are taking off sheer lingerie and tossing it to the floor after a party.
A Word to the Wise: Plant bulbs for Mediterranean bells in the fall. They look good in groups since they are tall and thin. And if you have a hill or terraces, plant some so that you can look up into the flowers as well down on them.