Allium atropurpureum Waldst. & Kit.
Allium atropurpureum belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Allium atropurpureum was described by Franz de Paula Adam von Waldstein and PÃ¡l Kitaibel. The name is considered as validly published.
Allium atropurpureum 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 to 70 centimetres.
Allium atropurpureum is deciduous. The simple leaves are basal. They are linear and sessile with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Allium atropurpureum produces umbels of ruby-coloured six-stellate flowers from June to July.
The plants carry ornamental loculicidal capsules.
Allium atropurpureum is native to Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro), Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey and is naturalized in Austria.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- flower beds (rich soil)
- open areas
The recommended planting distance is 25 centimetres, the plants are best planted in groups of 5 to 10. Suited as cut flowers and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants need little to no maintenance if grown under suitable conditions.
- The leaves should be left on the plants after flowering so that they can gather strength for the following year.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe 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.