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Allium beesianum

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.15m to 0.25m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourBlue-purple white
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Allium beesianum. From Western China, this species bears few-flowered umbels of nodding, bell-shaped blue flowers in summer above narrow grey-green leaves. It will form clumps to a height of 8-12 in (20-30 cm) if left undisturbed. ‘Album’ is the white form.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Origin

China’s Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces.

This plant is named after the company 'Bees Seeds' founded by the rich cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin Bulley (1861-1942) from Cheshire, UK, who employed the top plant hunters of the day.

Interest and use

Rock garden

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • 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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