ALLIUM christophii (Ornamental onion)
A globe of metallic MAGENTA flowers with YELLOW centres arises each season from the bulb of this ornamental onion. The flower globe, 6 to 7 inches in diameter, tops a stem that is 12-24in tall.
Its foliage (strap-shaped leaves up to 16 inches long) withers before the flower globe appears. To avoid leaving a gap in the flower bed or border, Allium christophii is best surrounded with smaller flowers or foliage.
The many star-shaped flowers of Allium christophii’s exotic sphere serve as a magnet for bees.
Other names: Star of Persia.