A smaller species of Allium with deep-apple green leaves emerging in early spring from slender bulbs. These are very thin and almost grass-like in appearance. Flowers are dainty and held in loose clusters at the top of each stem which can reach up to 20 cms high. Each flower is composed of very narrow petals of a rich purple colour and numerous are borne in each head. A good species for troughs etc where its size will not impose.