Star of Persia (Allium cristophii)

4 companies sell this plant

Also sold as:
Allium christophii

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 12 to 20 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: silvery-amethyst
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 18-365
Depth to plant seed: 20 mm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Requires stratification. If started indoors harden off for 10-15 days before planting out.
Propagation: Other methods: Bulbs
Pollinators: Bees
Various insects

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Location: Clarksville, TNDate: 2018-05-01
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2017-06-19
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Location: Greenwood, MNDate: 2016-06-03
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2017-06-18- A symmetrical starburst sensation.
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Location: TwispDate: 4000-10-18OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-07-22
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-13
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Location: Chicago, ILDate: 2012-06-01 When happy, these plants produce flowers heads the size of a bask
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Location: The ParkDate: 2013-06-05
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2009-06-08 4:38 pm. A wonderful starburst effect.
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2017-05-23
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2017-07-07
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5Date: June
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-06-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-22from below
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-23
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-23
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-16Seed head as centerpiece
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Location: Iron gate, rearDate: 2013-0609
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-25
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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-05-26
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Location: Manitoba, CanadaDate: 2014-06-26
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Location: Indiana  zone 5Date: 2016-04-25emerging bud
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-23garden placement
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-01
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-05-23
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: 2012-05-21
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-01-07
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Location: The ParkDate: 2013-06-13
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-29
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Location: The ParkDate: 2014-0723
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Location: Iron gateDate: 2012-0314
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-06-24
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 18, 2011 1:29 PM

One of the earliest to bloom Alliums.
Softball size flowering head.
Adds an architectural dimension in garden.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 3, 2013 6:56 PM

Always a joy to see in the garden. Shorter than many alliums, but with a nice large head of silver-purple stars. The flower heads can be dried. While the color fades the shape remains.
They have multiplied so well that I have given several away .

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 7:00 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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