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Allium karataviense


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Allium karataviense

Plant details

Allium karataviense is an unusual low-growing allium, bearing huge globes of star-shaped, pink flowers with a darker eye, among broad, silver-green, fleshy leaves. It's perfect for growing in large clumps at the front of a sunny border or gravel garden, and makes a good cut flower. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

For best results, grow Allium karataviense in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant bulbs up to three times their diameter, in autumn. It's not fully hardy and in colder regions should be mulched, or planted in pots and moved to a frost free area in autumn.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: karataviense

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 25cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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