General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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

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

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  • 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
Catmint20906 On May 1, 2016 Bloomed
Catmint20906 On May 9, 2015 Bloomed
Yorkshirelass On July 1, 2007 Miscellaneous Event
Moved house , not transplanted into new garden
mscuser73 On September 16, 2017 Obtained plant
OBI Budaörs, 3 db hagyma
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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