Allium oreophilum C.A.Mey.
Allium oreophilum belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Allium oreophilum was described by Carl Anton von Meyer in 1831. The name is considered as validly published.
Allium oreophilum 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 5 to 20 centimetres.
Allium oreophilum is deciduous. The glaucous, simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The leaves are around 10 to 20 centimetres large.
Flowers and Fruits
Allium oreophilum produces umbels of pink flowers from June to July.
The plants produce loculicidal capsules.
Allium oreophilum is native to the Caucasus and Central Asia.
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 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Suited for rockeries and for roof greening.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by sowing or by bulblets.
Pests and Diseases
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