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Allium cristophii

Allium cristophii
star of Persia
Allium cristophii

Synonym(s) Allium albopilosum
Common name star of Persia
Family alliaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z5-9)
Flowers purple (mid-spring)
Size 2-3'
Light sun-part shade
From seed Germinate cold.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-July

For years I tried getting seed-raised plants to bloom; last fall, I finally gave up and bought a bag of bulbs to plant. Wouldn't you know it - this spring, both the seed-raised ones and the purchased ones bloomed. Well worth the wait, too: striking globular flowerheads with purple flowers start in mid-May. And now that they are happy, they are actually seeding themselves around a bit, which I welcome.

star of Persia
as the flowers fade and dry, they take on a silvery-tan hue, and maintain their presence just as forcefully

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 trade. Baggy 35F (100%G, starting 5w)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (95%G, 4-6w)
  3. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 35F (5w; 60%G, 5w) - 70F (no further G)

Really prefers cold over warm for germinating. Growing on seedlings is tricky, since top growth withers after it forms a small bulb.

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