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Allium akaka

Onion

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to July
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourPink-purple, off-white, purple
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Allium akaka (Onion). This species of bulbous perennial will produce wide grey-green leaves that are oblong to elliptic. The flowers are produced in umbels of star-shaped flowers in either punk-purple, purple or off-white, which are borne in the spring. The bulbs are almost spherical.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Origin

Turkey, Iran, Caucasus

Interest and use

Grown as an an ornamental. Suitable for rock gardens.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy, and will require an open, sunny situation with well drained soil. If left undisturbed a clump can be formed. Plant at a depth of approximately 12cm.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets, by seed in autumn or by division of clumps (spring flowering varieties in late summer and summer flowering varieties in spring).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to white rot, downy mildew, eelworm, rust and onion fly.

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