Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii

Allium cristophii

"Star of Persia"

Allium cristophii

5 bulbs — £3.75

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in September 2024

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
You can expect your order in October 2023

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
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Description

No garden is complete without the sparkling giant starry globes of Allium cristophii. Bursting through your borders between May and June, these fabulous flowers shine through the spring and summer colour gap, bridging the seasons seamlessly together with confidence and style. The flower heads of the impressive 'Star of Persia' blooms reach up to around 25cm in diameter and sit at the top of sturdy, tall stems, so they’re great for grouping together in the border where they can bob above neighbouring foliage and flowers. Providing two looks in one plant, once the shiny purple colour begins to fade you’re left with gorgeous golden seedheads which continue the season of interest right into summer!

If you like to pick flowers from the garden to make indoor arrangements, Allium cristophii is an essential staple. The big flowers create an instant, grand display with the minimum of growing fuss. With lengthy, strong stems, they’re great for showing off in a tall glass vase, but just as good bunched together with a mix of other flowers. Allium cristophii are fully hardy, low-maintenance and very reliable, so all you have to do is plant them in the autumn and look forward to their amazing show every year – it’s like a gift that keeps on giving!

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Allium christophii

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Bulb size

    12/14

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    25 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Clay
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Allium cristophii bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Star of Persia" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Allium cristophii bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all Allium planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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