Allium karataviense

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Allium karataviense Regel

Alliaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber

Exposure: sun   7

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: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

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

Naming

Allium karataviense was described by Eduard August von Regel. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Allium karataviense - leaves
Allium karataviense - flowers
Allium karataviense - fruits

Growth

The plants reach heights of 10 to 25 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Allium karataviense 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 with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

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.

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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