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Allium karataviense was first described by Regel in 1875, and was originally from Central Asia and China. It is a low growing Allium, useful for its foliage as well as its flower as the leaves still look good at flowering time. Particularly so when they are quite closely planted in a sunny spot when the metallic characteristics of the plant come to the fore. The broad, lined leaves are grey-green with silvery bloom and a reddish edge line, the stem is short and sturdy with a pale pink flower about 3-4" (8-10 cm) across some 4-8" (10-20 cm) from the ground.
Allium karataviense has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant.
Allium karataviense is best grown in tight clumps, planting the bulbs in a sunny site, maybe even in a gravely area about 4" (10 cm) apart or is ideal for silvery planters. Disappearing into dormancy by July when they need a warm dry rest. Avoid handling the leaves and rubbing off the bloom.
Height 10" (25cm)