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
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Stars of Persia
  • Star of Persia
Also sold as:
  • Allium christophii

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Location: Garden that used to be my lawn
Date: 2017-05-17
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-05-20
Location: Northern Germany
Date: 2020-06-10
Location: full sun - zone 7
Date: 2021-06-08
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-06-20
Location: Clarksville, TN
Date: 2018-05-01
Location: Germany
Date: 2022-05-12
Location: Garden that used to be my lawn
Date: 2017-06-09
Location: My Garden, UK
Date: 2022-05-13
Location: The Park
Date: 2013-06-05
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2017-06-19
Location: Kalama, wa
Date: 2023-10-02
3 years ago I planted 10 of these bulbs. I dug them up to replant
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Location: Frederick MD
Date: 2009-07-27
enormous blooms, like fireworks
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2017-06-18
- A symmetrical starburst sensation.
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2012-06-01 
When happy, these plants produce flowers heads the size of a bask
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-06-27
Location: Greenwood, MN
Date: 2016-06-03

Date: 2004-06-16
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-05-19
just opening
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: June
Photo by Magnus Manske
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-07-07
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2014-05-21
The flowers from the inner globe of flowers have slightly broader
Location: KALAMA WA
Date: 2021-04-29
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Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-06-01
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2009-06-08
 4:38 pm. A wonderful starburst effect.
Location: Twisp
Date: 4000-10-18
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Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2014-05-21

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Betty Ford alpine  garden
Date: 2019-08-26
Location: my garden zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2020-06-03
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2022-06-19
Stars of Persia (Allium cristophii) in bloom
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Botanical Garden near Brussels)
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-13
Location: My garden, Tyne and Wear, England UK 
Date: 2024-05-25
Allium cristophii
Location: KALAMA WA
Date: 2021-04-29
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Date: 2024-05-05
Location: Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2016-04-25
emerging bud
Location: KALAMA WA
Date: 2016-04-23
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Location: Iron gate
Date: 2012-0314
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-05-29
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-06-30
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Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2017-07-07
Location: Kalama, Wa
Date: 2011-07-22
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Location: KALAMA WA 
Date: 2021-05-08
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Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-01-07
Location: Iron gate, rear
Date: 2013-0609
Location: Maryland
Date: 2016-05-01

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-06-22
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2014-06-26
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-05-25
Location: West Valley City, UT
Date: 2017-05-23
Location: KALAMA WA
Date: 2021-07-01
Dried heads.
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: June
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-05-26
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-0723
Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IA
Date: 2012-05-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-06-24

Date: 2012-05-02

Date: 2012-05-02
Location: The Park
Date: 2013-06-13
Location: Kalama, wa
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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: Castle Howard rose garden, Yorkshire UK
Date: 2011-05-20
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-22
from below

photo credit: H. Zell
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-06-16
Seed head as centerpiece
Location: Chicago
Date: 2007-06-24
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2016-06-10
Location: springfield MO
Date: 2016-09-27
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2008-06-01
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Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: may
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-05-23
garden placement

photo credit: H. Zell

Date: 2009-07-10
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Comments:
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 18, 2011 1:29 PM concerning plant:
    One of the earliest to bloom Alliums.
    Softball size flowering head.
    Adds an architectural dimension in garden.
  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 3, 2013 6:56 PM concerning plant:
    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 .
    Makes a nice cut flower and stays a long time in vase however the color fades .
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 7:00 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.
Plant Events from our members
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Moved house , not transplanted into new garden
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Frillylily On February 1, 2022 Miscellaneous Event
I brought these in and let them finish drying, the ones in my photo now are several years old, still holding up, I dust them using a paint brush. I think these would look nice spritzed w glitter spray.
antsinmypants On May 25, 2022 Bloomed
Started blooming.
antsinmypants On May 22, 2021 Transplanted
Into Sun Garden Two
antsinmypants On May 15, 2021 Obtained plant
Chicagoland annual plant swap 2021 - Mone
MrsBinWY On November 3, 2018 Transplanted
On 11-3-2018, planted 5 from Home Depot by the side yard steps.
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