Turkestan Onion (Allium karataviense 'Ivory Queen')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 8 to 10 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: glaucous; blue-green and sometimes with purple mottling
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: ivory
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2010 Great Plant Picks award winner

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The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming BulbsThe Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
March 28, 2015

We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.

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Location: My gardenDate: June 3, 2017
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Location: central IllinoisDate: May, 2007
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2005-06-11 1:38 pm. Each bulb produces a beautiful ball of shining white.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: May, 2007
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-12-14
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2015-06-13
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2017-06-05Semi shade
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2017-06-05Photo taken in shade
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2016-04-24
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Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-03-03forcing experiment
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-04-12emerging in garden
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 22, 2011 1:28 PM

Baseball sized blooms (appx. 8" dia.) low to the ground above large grey-green leaves (sometimes w/red margins or flushed purple coloration). A ball-shaped allium, spheres made up of tightly packed blooms.
Have only experienced moderate success in my garden. Lasted but a couple of seasons.
Origin - central Asia.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Bulb planting for Spring 2017? by CarolineScott Apr 11, 2017 5:42 AM 521
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