Turkestan Onion
Allium karataviense

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: karataviense (kar-uh-taw-vee-EN-see) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Bulbs

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sitka, Alaska

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Romeo, Michigan

Chaska, Minnesota

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 13, 2010, SEalaska from Sitka, AK wrote:

Love this allium, the leaves alone add nice texture to the garden and so far the slugs have not tried to devour it. It made it through our winter in SE Alaska however our winter was abnormally dry so the real test is yet to come.

Neutral

On Nov 12, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Neat little plant. Globe-shaped flowers sit right on top of the foliage. It prefers full sun, but isn't especially picky about soil conditions. It can reach a height of 12", but usually stays a little closer to the ground.

Positive

On Apr 12, 2004, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This allium looks good in any stage of it's growth.It's height makes it suitable for rockery and it's sure worth to grow at the frontside of your garden. So it can show you it's wonderfull ornamental looks. Tough and reliable too..survived our extreme cold winter 2002/2003 with temps down to -20c.