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Stars of Persia

Allium christophii

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This bulbous perennial produces ribbed stems and strap-shaped, gray-green basal leaves that decline as its flowers form. In early summer, it bears umbels that are 10 to 12 inches in diameter, and contain up to 100 star-shaped fuchsia flowers with a metallic sheen.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFlowerheads dry well.

CareProvide full sun and humusy, well-drained soil.

PropagationFrom seed in spring. Remove offsets in autumn.

ProblemsSoil-borne fungi may cause bulb rots in damp conditions. White rot, mildew, rust, smut, and various fungal leaf spots. Susceptible to onion fly and thrips.

  • Genus : Allium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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