Star of Persia
Common Name: Star of Persia
The Latin translation of Allium means ‘Garlic’.
Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.20 m (20 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Purple, Pink|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June & July|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained
Huge globes of small star-shaped pinkish-purple flowers appear in summer above narrow grey-green leaves. In bloom these fabulous globes - up to 20cm (8in) in diameter - have a metallic sheen. The faded flower-heads hold up well in the border and are useful for dried flower arrangements. Perfect for a sunny site, dotted in small groups among ornamental grasses or as part of a Mediterranean scheme. Alliums look best planted between medium-sized herbaceous plants which help to mask the strap-like leaves which fade by the time the flowers appear.
Garden Care: Plant the bulbs 15cm deep and 20cm apart to avoid the flowers being to crowded. Avoid excessive soil moisture and split and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.