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Allium karataviense

Ornamental onion

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Flowers
Flowers

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  • Botanical name: Allium karataviense
  • Common name: Ornamental onion
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

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).

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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.

How to grow Allium karataviense

  • Plant size

    25cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in June

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Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

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Allium karataviense and wildlife

Allium karataviense is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Allium karataviense poisonous?

Allium karataviense can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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