Stars of Persia

Allium christophii

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Stars of Persia (Allium christophii)
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Synonyms:  Allium cristophii
Genus:  Allium
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 Characteristics:  Flowerheads dry well.
Care:  Provide full sun and humusy, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  From seed in spring. Remove offsets in autumn.
Problems:  Soil-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.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

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