Allium oreophilum

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Allium oreophilum C.A.Mey.

Alliaceae

Life form: bulb or tuber

Exposure: sun   7

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: basal
Leaves: decidious

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

63D / e981ab 

Inflorescence: umbel

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

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

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

Naming

Allium oreophilum was described by Carl Anton von Meyer in 1831. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The plants reach heights of 5 to 20 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Allium oreophilum is native to the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Cultivation

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 -18°C (USDA zone 7).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries

Uses

Suited for rockeries and for roof greening.

Maintenance and Propagation

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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