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ALLIUM oreophilum

Image of Allium oreophilum

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ALLIUM oreophilum

Plant Common Name

Mountain Onion, Pink Lily Leek

General Description

A perennial bulb that sometimes goes under the name Allium ostrowskianum, this showy-flowered, diminutive onion is native to the mountains of southeastern Europe and Central Asia. Rounded heads of bright purple-pink flowers appear on short stems in early summer. They are preceded by two strap-shaped basal leaves, which wither before the flowers emerge. Several cultivars are available, including the robust 'Agalik Giant'.

Give this little beauty full sun and fertile, well drained soil. It is perfect for rock gardens, patio plantings, and path edges.

Characteristics

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4"-12" / 10.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes