A singular beauty
Allium sikkimense is native to the alpine region of Sikkim (*) and was discovered by Sir William J. Hooker in 1848. It was only introduced into the Rock Garden at Kew in 1917, grown from seeds sent by the Royal Botanic Garden, Calcutta.
Its original environment tells us about its growing conditions.
Allium sikkimense comes from the bushy slopes and highland meadows and forest edges up to 5,000 metres in altitude, and is:
- 1) a hardy bulbous plant, which 2) can be grown in the sun or light shade, and 3) which prefers moist, humus-rich and very well-drained soils.
In the garden, we like to grow it as a collection specimen with its astonishing summer flowering of cobalt blue umbels. It goes well as edging in a rock garden or in an alpine greenhouse. May re-seed and you’ll hope it will!! Height: 15 cm.
Synonyms: Allium cyaneum Regel var. brachystemon Regel, A. kansuense Regel; A. tibeticum Rendle.
(*) Sikkim, a former kingdom incorporated into India in 1975, is located in the heart of the western Himalayas between Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
Curtis's botanical magazine - v.146 (1920)
src: Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library
- 9,5cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: blue
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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