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Allium karataviense (Turkistan Onion)

Turkistan Onion, Kara Tau Garlic, Ornamental Onion, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers


Award-winner Allium karataviense (Turkistan Onion) is highly decorative with its elegant globe-shaped clusters, 3 in. wide (8 cm), packed with starry pale pink flowers, and its beautiful foliage of broad, recurved, blue-green leaves, slightly red-edged. Blooming in late spring to early summer, this charming bulbous perennial enjoys long-lasting blooms and remains ornamental in the garden well into summer. This allium is also one of the best for containers. Once the flowers are finished, the faded seed heads look like small sunbursts on dried stems. This drought-tolerant bulb is excellent for hot dry sites and loves to bake during the summer months.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 12-14 in. tall (30 - 35 cm). Turkistan Onion naturalizes easily and will come back year after year.
  • Easily grown in rich, sandy to gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Add grit when grown in clay soils to improve drainage. This Allium is drought tolerant after flowering is over.
  • Known for attracting bees, butterflies, ​moths, and other pollinators, but deer ignore it.
  • Stunning in beds and borders, gravel gardens, rock gardens, and containers. Spectacular in large sweeping drifts. Plant in groups (at least 10 to 15 bulbs) for the best visual impact. Excellent as cut flowers for both fresh and dried arrangements!
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Remove offsets in autumn.
  • Allium karataviense is native to the Karatau Mountains in Kazakhstan.

Hundreds of Allium species exist, but only a few have made a name for themselves as garden plants. The ornamental onions distinguish themselves by their remarkable diversity in color, inflorescence, and flowering height. Many species bloom in early summer - just after the spring-flowering period and just before the exuberant full bloom of summer. Certain small species are just perfect for a rock garden, and several lend themselves to naturalizing. All species can be used in the border.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Allium
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 5" (12cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Allium
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 5" (12cm)
Depth 7" (17cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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