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PlantFiles: Turkestan Onion
Allium karataviense

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

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive SEalaska 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 smiln32 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 saya 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.


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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