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PlantFiles: Pink Lily Leek
Allium oreophilum

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: oreophilum (or-ee-oh-FY-lum) (Info)

Synonym:Allium ostrowskianum

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weedsfree On Nov 23, 2012, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have great success with this Allium too. I only plant mine 3 inches deep at the most and I get lovely blooms for weeks. They are slow to multiply just like my A. moly. Mine bloom pink as well not red as the plant file states.

Positive Fairy1004 On Jun 7, 2008, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love them!! At first I didn't know what was going on as they had the leaves for about 3 weeks before they bloomed-I thought maybe they were duds-but then I saw the buds and they bloomed-I have about 20 of them and they are so pretty w/ my dark mulch behind them:)

Neutral MiniPonyFarmer On Jul 4, 2007, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

These are also being sold online as "Alpine Rosy Bells"

Negative dicentra63 On Jun 24, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted these in both the sun and shade and got some foliage and hundreds of little bulbs but no blossoms.

This bulb is the pink component of the "Mountain Bells Mix" from Breck's.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 8, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tolerates some drought but keep moist during the growing season. This small allium is useful in rock gardens. When given a sunny growing area and a well-drained soil it will spread rapidly. As with the other alliums, it makes a good cut flower. Plant the bulbs 5 inches deep.


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

Jacksonville, Florida
Grayslake, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Olathe, Kansas
Pinconning, Michigan
Temperance, Michigan
Clinton Corners, New York
Greenville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Leesburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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