Star of persia, Allium christophii, Allium albopilosum
A. cristophii – A. cristophii is a deciduous, bulbous perennial, with strap-shaped, grey-green leaves dying back at flowering and, in early summer, spherical heads of star-shaped, purple-pink flowers followed by showy seed-heads.
Central Asia, Turkey
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Purple in Summer
Grey-green in Summer
HOW TO CARE
Watch out for
Pest free, may suffer from slugs on new growth.
Slugs , Onion fly
Onion rot , Downy mildew
Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.
Allium cristophii (Star of persia) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.
Architectural, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Gravel
Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Add grit to heavy soils to improve drainage.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moist but well-drained, Well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
North, South, East, West