Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii

Allium cristophii

SKU: F307003
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Common Name: Star of Persia
Hardiness Zone: 4-7S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun
Mature Height: 18-24" Spacing: 10-12"
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Also called Star of Persia, Allium cristophii features masses of long-lasting, silvery amethyst flowers that form airy spheres measuring 8–12" across. They're almost too big and beautiful to be real. Blooms are excellent for cutting and dry perfectly. Superb with the chartreuse sprays of Alchemilla, or the pastel shades of Roses and Peonies. Late spring. Heirloom, 1884.

The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") offers colorful, distinctive, and long-lasting forms that are standouts in the early summer garden. Alliums are sun-lovers and prefer well-drained, even sandy, soil. Deer, mice, chipmunks, and related predators generally avoid this group, so you can plant with impunity. Tuck them among clumps of summer-flowering perennials where the Alliums' withering foliage will be hidden by the expanding perennials.

For more information on growing Allium, click Growing Guide.


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Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (13 Reviews) Write a Review

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My Favorite Allium

The huge amethyst blooms of this allium are stunning with Roses and Lady's Mantle. They absolutely sparkle in the garden! Given full sun and compost rich soil, they will thrive on sturdy, weather-proof stems. After blooming, the dried flower heads continue to add garden interest for many weeks. Give the bulbs adequate spacing when planting to accommodate their large size.

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Spectacular & Easy!

I planted the bulbs in the fall. During our unseasonably warm early winter, they did shoot up, but did not go into a full bloom until late spring. When they did, it was amazing! They are one of the easiest flowers I have ever grown!

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Star Studded Allium

Allium Christophii is definitely a star in my garden. The large, sparkling blooms made a bold statement yet blend beautifully with Roses, Lady's Mantle and perennial geranium 'Dragon Heart.' Leave the blooms in place to dry for an extended flower show.

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so beautiful and unusual - you have to stop and take a closer look. really pretty among purple catmint and pink roses

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Amazing ! Bigger than 12 in. across.

used between small hosta

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: al'ee-um  

Bulb size: 22-24 cm/12-14 cm/6-8 cm (depending on variety) 

The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") includes many garden plants that grow from bulbs or bulb-like rhizomes. Allium flowers form dense balls of color at the top of strong stems, and they make excellent displays in the garden or in bouquets. Allium flowers range from purple, burgundy, lilac, silvery amethyst, pink, blue, to yellow and white. Some varieties have scented blooms, but their perfume is usually pleasant and not the least oniony. The scent of the bulbs and leaves, however, may remind you of onions.

Light/Watering: Most Alliums grow best in full sun, with at least 6–8 hours of direct sun a day. Those we offer require well-drained soil and are longest lived in locations where the soil is on the dry side during summer dormancy.

Planting: Plant Alliums more shallowly than comparably sized bulbs, just 1–2 times the diameter of the bulb deep.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Alliums prefer well-drained, fertile soil. Fertilize in fall and spring with any bulb fertilizer.

Continuing Care: The leaf tips of many varieties, especially the tall ones, begin to brown before bloom time. Remove the spent flowers (except from varieties that are sterile, such as 'Globemaster') if you wish to prevent them from self-sowing.

Pests/Diseases: Alliums have few problems except when planted too shallowly or in wet soil.

Companions: Place Alliums behind heavy-foliage plants such as Peonies and Iris. Good for bedding, and in mixed borders. Flower heads are good for drying.

Dividing/Transplanting: Alliums rarely need transplanting or dividing, but this can be done when the bulbs are dormant.