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Star of Persia
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.
Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:
Easily grown in rich, sandy to gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained loams in full sun.
Herbaceous Plant, Perennial
This plant is native to Iran, Turkey and central Asia (concentrated in territory once known as Persia).
Western state native:
Strap-shaped, gray-green, basal leaves (to 20" long and 1" wide) form a clump of foliage in spring.
Predominant flower color:
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 Description:
Winter Interest Description:
Used by Wildlife:
Plants may self-seed in the garden. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread.
Plant new bulbs 3-6" deep and 10-12" apart in fall. Established plants may be divided in fall.
Long Term Care:
Bulb rot may occur in overly moist soils. Mildew, rust, leaf spots and thrips may appear.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Plants form dense, slowly-spreading clumps over time. They perform best in dry, sunny areas of the garden. Established plantings have good drought tolerance.
OSU Landscape Profile:
LBJ Native Plant Database:
Missouri Botanical Garden Database:
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