Allium aflatunense

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Allium aflatunense B.Fedtsch.

Alliaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   8

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay - Soil: peat

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Liliidae
Superordo:
Lilianae
Ordo:
Amaryllidales

Allium aflatunense is a bulbous plant that looks good both in the garden and in a flower vase.

Naming

Allium aflatunense was described by Boris Alexjewitsch Fedtschenko. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Allium aflatunense is a species in the genus Allium which contains approximately 943 to 1011 species and belongs to the family of the Alliaceae (Garlic Family). The type species of the genus is Allium sativum.

Characteristics

Allium aflatunense - flowers

Growth

The plants reach heights of 80 to 100 centimetres.

Leaves

Allium aflatunense is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Allium aflatunense produces umbels of light-purple six-stellate flowers from May to June.

The plants produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Allium aflatunense is native to Central Asia.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: waterlogging

Uses

Allium aflatunense in a flower bed.

The recommended planting distance is 15 to 25 centimetres. Suited for rockeries and for beds and borders, as well as suited as cut flowers.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Plant in autumn 10 centimetres deep.

Propagate by sowing or by bulblets.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Gnaw marks and slime trails indicate a problem with slugs. Prevent infestation by improving hygiene and by regularly working the soil. In case of an infestation use slug pellets or nematodes to control pest. Handpicking the slug also helps, do this preferably in the evening hours.

Honeydew, galls and contorted leaves indicate an infestation with blackflies. biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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