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Allium oreophilum (Pink Lily Leek)

Pink Lily Leek, Mountain Lover, Alpine Rosy Bells, Allium ostrowskianum, Allium platystemon, Ornamental Onion, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers


Allium oreophilum (Pink Lily Leek) is a compact, hardy bulb with delicate, loose umbels of rosy reddish-pink, star-shaped flowers adorned with darker midveins. The blossoms are mounted on wiry gray-mauve stems and rise above narrow, semi-erect, gray-green leaves. Blooming in late spring to early summer, this charming Allium enjoys long-lasting blooms and remains ornamental in the garden well into summer.

  • Growing up to 8-12 in. high (20-30 cm), this beauty naturalizes easily and will slowly spread to form lovely colonies!
  • Easily grown in fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Attracts butterflies, but deer ignore it!
  • Stunning in beds, borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, coastal gardens or in containers. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 20 bulbs).
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Propagate by seed, sowing in containers in a cold frame when just ripe or in the spring. Alternatively, remove offsets in fall.
  • Native to Turkestan, Caucasus, C Asia

Many hundreds of Allium species exist, but only a modest few have made a name for themselves as garden plants. The ornamental onions distinguish themselves by their great 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. All species can be used in the border. Certain small species are just perfect for a rock garden, and several lend themselves to naturalizing.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Alliums
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 1" – 3" (2cm – 7cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
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 Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, 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 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Alliums
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spread 1" – 3" (2cm – 7cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
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 Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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