Allium cristophii

star of Persia (syn. Allium christophii)

Eventual height & spread

Allium cristophii

star of Persia (syn. Allium christophii)

  • 10 + 5 FREE bulbs
  • £8.98 £13.47
  • In stock (shipped within 2-3 working days)
  • 5 × bulbs
  • £4.49
  • In stock (shipped within 2-3 working days)
  • 2 litre pot | 3 per pot
  • £17.99
  • available to order from spring 2024
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  • Bulbs (only) £4.95
  • Named Day £10.95
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Bulb size: 10/12


  • Huge globes of small star-shaped, pinkish-purple flowers appear in summer above narrow, grey-green leaves. In bloom these fabulous globes - up to 20cm (8in) in diameter - have a metallic sheen. The faded flowerheads hold up well in the border and are useful for dried flower arrangements. Perfect for a sunny site, dotted in small groups among ornamental grasses, or as part of a Mediterranean scheme. Alliums look best planted between medium-sized herbaceous plants, which help to mask the strap-like leaves, which fade by the time the flowers appear.

  • Garden care: Bulbs can be planted 15cm deep and 15cm apart. Pot-grown plants can be enjoyed as they are while in bloom, but as the flowers fade, they should either be potted up or planted out in the garden. Avoid excessive mositure when the plants become dormant (from late summer) and lift and divide over-large clumps in autumn or spring.
  • Pets: TOXIC if eaten; Humans: Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten

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