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Botanical name: Allium cristophii
Other names: Star of persia, Allium cristophii (syn. albopilosum), Allium christophii
Species: A. cristophii - A. cristophii is a bulbous perennial, with strap-shaped, grey-green leaves. Star-shaped, rosy-violet flowers are borne in spherical heads in early summer which are followed by attractive seed-heads.
Allium cristophii is: Deciduous
Flower: Purple in Summer
Foliage: Grey-green in Summer
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Plant with: Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle), Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches), Achillea x lewisii 'King Edward' (Yarrow 'King Edward'), Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold' (Bear's breeches 'Hollard's Gold'), Alchemilla epipsila (Dwarf lady's mantle), Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears' (Woolly betony 'Big Ears')
Pests: Pest free, may suffer from slugs on new growth.
Propagation methods: Seed, Offsets. REGISTER to read more...
Allium cristophii (Star of persia) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Gravel
Cultivation: Grow in fertile, but well-drained soil. Add grit to heavy soils to improve drainage.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
|Hardiness:||Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)|
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The onion family is a large one, with almost 300 species growing wild in the northern hemisphere. This species produces one of the most dramatic flowers of the family. It is an important nectar source and has the added advantages of being hardy and drought tolerant.
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