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Allium aflatunense

Лук афлатунский
Allium aflatunense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. aflatunense
Binomial name
Allium aflatunense
B. Fedtsch.

Allium aflatunense (flowering onion), native to Central Asia, is commonly grown as a garden plant.[1]

Description

Allium aflatunense is a 36-inch-tall (0.9 m) bulbous perennial plant with basal, straplike leaves, and hollow, slightly ribbed scapes (flower stems).[1] The flower heads are dense, globular umbels, about 4 inches (10 cm) across, made up of numerous star-shaped, purplish-pink flowers.[1] It flowers in May and June, with seeds ripening in August. It is commonly sold as a bulb.

Allium aflatunense is often confused with A. hollandicum.[2]

Cultivation

Allium aflatunense is generally hardy in USDA zones 4–8. The plant is suitable for use as a cut flower. While it prefers alkaline soil, it can tolerate poor soil conditions, as well as part shade (though it does best in full sun).

References

  1. ^ a b c Brickell, Christopher (Editor-in-chief), The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, p.95, Dorling Kindersley, London, 1996, ISBN 0-7513-0303-8.
  2. ^ RHS Plant Finder 2009–2010, p.68, Dorling Kindersley, London, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4053-4176-9.
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