With its low growing habit and broad leaves Allium karataviense offers us something different in this fascinating genus. In our opinion it is worth growing for the foliage alone, however the flowers that appear in spring are very attractive as well.
With wonderful wide textured foliage and large purple to pink flowers Allium karataviense is one of the best all round ornamental alliums, foliage and flowers. Low growing rather than dwarf, is the best description. The flower is help low to the ground between two broad grey to blue – green leaves.
A few different forms are available some with stunning red flowers, others with white, and all shades in between. The flowers are held just above the foliage at around 15cm. Full sun and a well drained soil are essential.
A few named varieties are available including.
- Allium karataviense ‘Ivory Queen’ with its large white flowers. Long lasting flowers and excellent when planted in a group in a container.
Allium karataviense Care
Grow in the rock garden or in a container as a specimen plant. Propagation is by division of established clumps or from seed.
- Plant Type – Bulb
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Height – 25 cm
- Flower colour – White or Pink.
- Foliage – Blue to grey green, broad and slightly pleated.
- Flowering period – Spring.
Available for sale from the following nurseries
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.