Allium Christophii – (Star of Persia)
This plant is considered to be one of the most flamboyant members of the allium family.
It has extremely handsome, 25 cm, round heads which are made up of many shiny metallic purple flowers (one flower head can contain up to 100 small star-shaped florets ) The flowers are borne in Spring and Summer. They make very good cut flowers and can also be dried.
The plant has strappy leaves and ribbed stems.
It likes full sun and soil with good humus, which is also well drained. It can tolerate dry soils provided it contains good humus.
Seed Raising Advice
Sow seeds at any time, covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep.Keep the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outside. Artificial heat is not needed and will prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing of the moist seed tray in winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until they are of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Star of Persia
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