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ALLIUM karataviense 'Ivory Queen'
The Ivory Queen Turkestan onion is a perennial onion bulb grown both for its late-spring to summer blooming globes of white flowers and its pairs of long, grayish-purple leaves which grow almost horizontally. Unlike most ornamental onions, this one keeps its leaves while in flower. However, all onions lose their foliage in even the mildest winter climates. It is native to central Asia where it grows in well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant this bulb in the autumn four inches deep (10 cm) in fertile, neutral soil. Take care to plant it in well-drained, even sandy soil, since the bulb can rot if planted in wet soil. Onions are drought tolerant once they are established. Ornamental onions have a tendency to self-sow; lift and divide the clumps only when they become crowded. Plant the Turkestan onion in a mixed bed or rock garden. The muted foliage and clean ivory flowers provide a soothing contrast to hot-colored flowers and deep green foliage of other summer blooming plants.
9 - 5
5 - 9
H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm
9"-12" / 22.9cm - 30.5cm
Late Spring, Early Summer
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Purple, Gray Green
Alpine, Bedding Plant, Edging, Rock Garden / Wall
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