Allium albopilosum 'Cristophii' / Seeds

(Code: B&T_015)
Allium albopilosum 'Cristophii' / Seeds

A popular ornamental Allium with very large flowerheads of silvery lilac star-like flowers in June and July.  Great for the middle of a border, where surrounding plants distract from the uninteresting leaves.  Grows to a height of 30-50cm with each flowerhead as much as 20cm across. The flowerheads make good cut and dried flowers and provide interest in the border over winter.

Alliums like sun or part-shade and well drained soil. 

Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow in the autumn/winter in a cold frame or against a north facing wall and the seeds germinate in the spring onwards once dormancy is broken.  Or sow seeds in spring/summer following 4 weeks in the fridge.  Seedlings emerge slowly.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy deciduous perennial (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers June and July
Height 50cm
Spread 20 - 50cm
Conditions  Plant out in full sun and well-drained soil
Sow Sow October-February in moist seed compost, and overwinter in a coldframe or outside wall, with a clear glass cover.   The cold breaks seed dormancy.  Seeds germinate in the spring onwards, some taking a year or more.   Or sow March-September in a tray of seed compost (just cover with compost) and place in the fridge for 4 weeks in a sealed bag and then outside. Seeds emerge one by one throughout the summer and into next spring.  Pot on as seedlings emerge and plant out after the last frost in a sunny well drained spot.
Grow Plants start flowering from the second season.  Tidy up faded flower stalks and leaves after flowering.  Plants are deciduous and die down in winter, and start growing again in spring.  Mature plants have offsets on the sides of the bulbs, which can be removed in winter and grown on into new plants.