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Allium 'Medusa'


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This ornamental onion has snaky, twisty leaves that will remind you of the snake hair from the Medusa legend. ‘Medusa’ forms a low mound of grey-green, narrow foliage with leaves the twist slightly at the end. The nodding buds look like snakes at the tips of the stems, before they straighten to form 1.75-2” rounded clusters of light amethyst purple flowers. 

Butterflies and honeybees adore the flowers' sweet nectar but deer and rabbits steer clear of this perennial beauty. 


20-24 in


24 in

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 8

Interesting Notes:

The blossoms and foliage of all kinds of Alliums are edible since they members of the leek-chive-garlic family.  Some taste quite strong but others offer a more delicate flavor.  Try adding them to salads, soups, stir frys, and Mexican dishes. 

Allium 'Medusa' Characteristics


  • Mass Plant
  • Container
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average

Plants that work well with Allium 'Medusa'

Evening Primrose Evening Primrose (Oenothera 'Lemon DropĀ®')
Russian Sage Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Denim 'n Lace')
Stonecrop Stonecrop (Sedum 'Lemonjade')
Lupine Lupine (Lupinus 'Mini Gallery Blue Bicolor')
Speedwell Speedwell (Veronica 'Royal Rembrandt')