Star of Persia

Allium cristophii

Star of Persia - Allium cristophii

Common Name: Star of Persia
Genus: Allium
Species: cristophii

The Latin translation of Allium means ĎGarlicí.

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.20 m (20 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering 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.


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