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Allium aflatunense B. Fedtsch.
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A. aflatunense, as described by B. Fedtsch, is a bulbous perennial with slightly ribbed stems and linear, mid-green basal leaves, 30-60cm long. Dense umbels, 10cm across, of star-shaped purplish-pink flowers appear in summer to 1m high

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple Green
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Allium are bulbous herbaceous perennials with a strong onion or garlic scent, linear, strap-shaped or cylindrical basal leaves and star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers in an umbel on a leafless stem

Name status

Unresolved

Plant range
C Asia

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. See allium cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame, when ripe or in spring; propagate by removing offsets in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Architectural
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Tidy as leaves fade, remove seedheads if self-seeding not needed

Pests

May be affected by allium leaf mining flies

Diseases

Susceptible to onion white rot and downy mildews

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