Allium lusitanicum

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Allium lusitanicum (Fr.) Holub

Alliaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber

Exposure: sun   5

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: six-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

63D / e981ab 

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
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Allium lusitanicum belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.

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Naming

Allium lusitanicum was described by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck in 1783. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Allium lusitanicum 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

Growth

The plants reach heights of 10 to 45 centimetres.

Leaves

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

Flowers and Fruits

Allium lusitanicum produces umbels of pink six-stellate flowers from July to August.

The plants produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Allium lusitanicum is native to East Siberia and Mongolia.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

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Uses

Suited for roof greening.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

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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