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Allium cristophii (Star of persia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Allium cristophii

Other names

Star of persia, Allium cristophii (syn. albopilosum), Allium christophii

Genus

Allium Allium

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

Habit

Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Pest free, may suffer from slugs on new growth.

Specific pests

Slugs , Onion fly Slugs , Onion fly

Onion rot , Downy mildew Onion rot , Downy mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Offsets


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Where to grow

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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

Hardiness

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Allium cristophii

Other names

Star of persia, Allium cristophii (syn. albopilosum), Allium christophii

Genus

Allium Allium

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.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Pest free, may suffer from slugs on new growth.

Specific pests

Slugs , Onion fly

Specific diseases

Onion rot , Downy mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

Hardiness

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

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Allium christophii

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… read more

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