Allium aflatunense B.Fedtsch.
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Allium aflatunense is a bulbous plant that looks good both in the garden and in a flower vase.
Allium aflatunense was described by Boris Alexjewitsch Fedtschenko. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
The plants reach heights of 80 to 100 centimetres.
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.
Allium aflatunense is native to Central Asia.
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 -12Â°C (USDA zone 8).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: waterlogging
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.
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.
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