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Allium aflatunense

Allium aflatunense (flowering onion), native to Central Asia, is commonly grown as a garden plant.[1]

Description

Flowering onion flowerhead

Allium aflatunense is a 36" tall bulbous perennial plant with basal, straplike leaves, and hollow, slightly ribbed scapes (flower stems).[1] The flower heads are dense, globular umbels, about 4" across, made up of numerous star-shaped purplish pink flowers.[1] It flowers in May and June, with seeds ripening in August. It is commonly sold as a bulb.

It is often confused with A. hollandicum.[2]

Cultivation

Allium aflatunense is generally hardy in zones 4–8. The plant is suitable for use as a cut flower. While it prefers alkaline soil, it can tolerate poor soil conditions, as well as part shade (though it does best in full sun).

References

  1. ^ a b c Brickell, Christopher (Editor-in-chief),The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, p95, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1996, ISBN 0-7513-0303-8
  2. ^ RHS Plant Finder 2009–2010, p68, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4053-4176-9
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