star of Persia
Allium christophii has flower heads that are among the largest produced by any ornamental onions in commerce today. Each flowerhead is packed with up to 100 individual flowers.
Flowers lack fragrance, but the leaves and bulbs have an onion aroma when cut or bruised. When it’s finished blooming, the seed head of A. christophii can add a decorative interest to the garden or as a dried flower arrangement. This species of onion is native to Turkey, Iran, and Turkmenistan, although it is now grown as an ornamental bulbous plant in many parts of the world.
Here are some tips for planting bulbs! When you receive spring bulbs keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They will need air circulation so that they don’t collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions.
|Botanical Name||Allium christophii|
|Common Name||star of Persia|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||1-2ft x 0.5-1.5 ft (30-60cm x 15-45cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: Iran, Turkey, Central Asia|
|Location in Lurie Garden||East Meadow, West Weadow|