Things in Unusual Places #23: Alliums

As seen in Crewkerne parish church Christmas tree festival, December 2017. These are most probably the dried seed heads of Allium christophii aka star of Persia and therefore most fitting for the season. I wonder if the tree trimmers knew that when they chose those attractive seed heads for their tree.

They're great sprayed in silver or gold too, and smaller seed heads from other ornamental onions such as A. 'Purple Sensation' will look great bunched together in a seasonal vase, on their own or with other dried seed heads. They're not just for Christmas though; the ones I have at home in pots have lasted for years and are au naturel, just like Crewkerne's.

Have a great Christmas everyone. Veg Plotting will return in the new year.

Allium christophii seed head in a pot at home


  1. Much prefer the version without spray paint!

  2. Those alliums looks fabulous. As much as I love the natural look of the ones without spray paint, the silver ones catch the Christmas lights brilliantly. Christmas decs are all about bringing the outside inside and it's great that you've captured this idea with your alliums.

  3. Oh that festive concoction has reminded me that I have an allium seed head head or two lurking somewhere in the greenhouse. They have probably got a bit damp and mouldy by now. Must do better next year as they are such attractive decorations! Wishing you all the best for Christmas Michelle and a most healthy and happy new year! xxx

  4. Thanks for your good wishes and comments everyone. As you can probably tell from my second photo, I prefer unsprayed alliums too :)


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