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Allium karataviense (Alpine Allium)

Type Herbaceous flower, Alpine, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Light pink Flowers (Summer early), Grey Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Allium karataviense Description

Allium karataviense is a low spreading allium that produces balls of white blossom on short stems in early summer. Blossom is complimented by impressive leathery grey blue foliage. Plant in well-drained sandy / gravelly soil in full sun.


Allium karataviense - Cultivation Notes

This low growing Allium prefers well drained soils in full sun. Allium karataviense tolerates poorer soils, including gravel soils. Consider planting alongside alpine plants but allow space. Plant as bulbs in autumn.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Allium karataviense:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Allium karataviense:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location

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Common Missspellings: Alium, Alleum, Aleum, Alliem, Alieum, Aleam, Alleam

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