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Organic Allium albopilosum 'Christophii' - Persian onion | 3 pcs.

Organic Allium albopilosum 'Christophii' - Persian onion | 3 pcs.

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Organic Allium albopilosum 'Christophii'

The Allium albopilosum 'Christophii' is also known as 'Persian onion' or 'Star of Persia' and has a large purple round flower with a metallic sheen with a flower diameter of 25 centimeters wide. The flower stands on top of a low, sturdy flower stem of approximately 40 to 60 centimeters high, which makes the flower look even larger. The round bulbous flower is formed by many large purple stars that almost look like spikes. Because all the stems of the star flowers have the same length, it gives a nice closed effect, while the flower is a bit more open than most ornamental onions and that makes this star look so special. The leaves are upright, slightly white-haired and bluish and are quite long.

The many large star-like flowers contain a lot of nectar for pollinators, so it is very popular with insects such as bees and bumblebees. So it is very convenient that they are organically grown!

The world-famous Allium 'Globemaster' is a cross between Allium 'Christophii' and Allium 'Macleanii'.

Tip! Dried flowers

She is one of the most elegant alliums for cut flower cultivation. The flower must grow completely so that the ovaries develop properly. The flower is cut and dried just before it has finished blooming, approximately the first week of July. Hang them upside down in a dark and well-ventilated area. The color does not become paler in a dark room, but it does in the sun. When they are thoroughly dry, the decorative seeds also become visible.

You can also let it dry out in the garden without cutting the flower stem, but the flower will then completely lose its color.

How, where and when do I plant allium flowerbulbs?

An Allium 'Christophii' flowerbulb is winter hardy and needs a cold period. Therefore, plant it in the ground in the autumn from October to January. The planting depth is 2 to 3 times the height of the flowerbulb itself and the planting distance is 2 to 3 times the width of the flowerbulb itself. Plant it in full sun or partial shade in a nutrient-rich, water-permeable, preferably calcareous, sandy soil.


The beautiful, striking leaves appear in early spring and the flower blooms in late spring in May and June. The foliage of the plant usually dies during flowering. Only cut this off when the flower has finished blooming, because that is where the bulb will still get its strength for the next year. Cut off the spent flower at the top so that it does not form seeds, this prevents the bulb from multiplying and the flower will return with beautiful large blooms the following year. Provide organic food annually for best results. The Allium 'Christophii' naturalizes and comes back faithfully every year!


The 'Christophii' propagates both by seed and by dividing the bulb. If you want to propagate the flowerbulbs, you can dig them up in July. The bulbs can then be separated, dried and stored in a warm place, such as the shed, for replanting in October.

Edible allium

The leaves and flowers of this organically grown allium are finely chopped and edible. For example, you can add them to herb butter or to hot dishes such as soup. Allium is related to onions and garlic, and has a slight taste of spring onions and garlic.


The name ' albopilosum ' means 'white hairy' and refers to the white hairy leaves of the plant. The name 'Christophii' is probably derived from the German-Russian entomologist Hugo Theodor Christoph, who collected plants around the same time and in the same region, namely Central Asia. It was in 1883 that the name 'Christophii' was first described.

Organic Allium albopilosum 'Christophii' - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Flowering time: May - June
Planting time: From October
Planting depth: 2-3 times the height of the flowerbulb
Planting distance: 2-3 times the width of the flowerbulb
40-50 cm high
Flower diameter: 25 cm wide
Location: Partial shade, sun
Soil PH: Loam, sandy soil - Slightly alkaline/neutral
Winter hardiness: Good winter hardy
Propagation: Good (wild)
Family: Alliaceae (garlic family)
Colour: Amethyst-violet
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: Yes
Bulb size: 10/+

Other allium species:

  • Bio Allium 'Cowanii'
  • Bio Allium 'Mount Everest'
  • Bio Allium 'Purple Sensation'
  • Bio Allium 'Red Giant Star'
  • Bio Allium 'Schubertii'
  • Bio Allium 'Sphaerocephalon'
  • Bio Allium 'Tuberosum' (Garlic Chives)
  • Bio Allium 'Violet Beauty'
  • Bio Allium ampeloprasum 'Ping Pong'
  • Bio Allium caeruleum 'Azureum'
  • Bio Allium moly 'Jeannine'
  • Bio Nectaroscordum siculum 'Bulgaricum' (Bulgarian onion)


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