Allium karataviense Regel
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Allium karataviense belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Allium karataviense was described by Eduard August von Regel. The name is considered as validly published.
Allium karataviense 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 10 to 25 centimetres.
Allium karataviense is deciduous. The bluish green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The leaves are around 5 centimetres large.
Flowers and Fruits
Allium karataviense produces umbels of pink six-stellate flowers from April to May.
The plants carry ornamental loculicidal capsules.
Allium karataviense 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 with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- none: drought
The ornamental value of Allium karataviense lies especially in its fragrance. The recommended planting distance is 30 centimetres, the plants are best planted in groups of 5 to 10. Suited for rockeries, roof greening and for beds and borders, as well as suited as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
- Cut back after flowering.
Propagate by sowing or by bulblets.
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.