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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

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Taxon ID#

100

Allium christophii, commonly called star of Persia, is a bulbous perennial that is ornamentally grown for its spring bloom of large, spherical, pale lavender flowerheads.

Scientific  Name:

Allium christophii

Common Name 1

› Star of Persia

Family:

Amaryllidaceae

Origins:

This plant is native to Iran, Turkey and central Asia (concentrated in territory once known as Persia).

Plant Type:

Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
Common Name 2

Common Name 3

Oregon native:

no

Western state native:

no

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Landscape Application Information

Seasonal Care

Resource Links

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Low

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

4

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

L

Soil Preference:

Easily grown in rich, sandy to gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun.

Fertilizer Needs:

Recommended Mulch:

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Green

Foliage Description:

Strap-shaped, gray-green, basal leaves (to 20" long and 1" wide) form a clump of foliage in spring.

Fragrant:

no

Predominant flower color:

Purple

Flower Description:

Large, spherical, pale lavender flowerheads; Each flowerhead is packed with up to 100 individual flowers. These flower heads are among the largest produced by any of the ornamental onions in commerce today. Seed heads dry well after bloom.

Fall color:

no

Fall Color Description:

Winter Foliage:

Deciduous

Winter Interest:

no

Winter Interest Description:

Mature height:

12-24"

Mature spread:

6-18"

Growth rate:

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

yes

Fire Resistant:

no

Attracts Pollinators:

no

Attracts Butterflies:

yes

Native Habitat:

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

yes

Used by Wildlife:

no

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

Photo:

Hedge/Screen:

no

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

no

Windbreak:

no

Ground Cover:

no

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

yes

Cover Structures:

no

First Bloom:

May

Last Bloom:

Adds Texture/Movement:

May

Ornamental Accent:

yes

yes

Garden Observations:

Seasonal Care
Maintenance

SEASONAL CARE

Spring Care:

Summer Care:

Plants may self-seed in the garden. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread.

Fall Care:

Plant new bulbs 3-6" deep and 10-12" apart in fall. Established plants may be divided in fall.

Winter Care:

Long Term Care:

Insect Pests:

Wildlife Pests:

Diseases:

Bulb rot may occur in overly moist soils. Mildew, rust, leaf spots and thrips may appear.

Environmental Problems:

Landscape Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems.

Care Comments:

Plants form dense, slowly-spreading clumps over time. They perform best in dry, sunny areas of the garden. Established plantings have good drought tolerance.

RESOURCES

OSU Landscape Profile:

USDA Plants:

Calscape Database:

LBJ Native Plant Database:

Missouri Botanical Garden Database:

Monrovia Profile:

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Alternate Source 2:

Source Comment:

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