Allium mairei var. amabile is native to south-west China, where it is found at between 1,200 and 4,200 metres in forests, meadows, rocky crevasses and hillsides.
It is a bulbous perennial that forms a charming little tuft of soft green foliage from which late summer inflorescences appear with delicate, hanging, red-purple flowers. Height: 15 – 20 cm.
For pots, troughs, a gravel garden, alpine rockery or alpine greenhouse.
Grow in the sun or partial shade in humus-rich, gravelly, moist garden soil, which is well-drained in winter. The plant goes into dormancy after flowering, so avoid too much damp which can harm the bulbs.
Synonyms: Allium amabile Stapf, Allium giraudiasii H. Léveillé, Allium mairei H. Léveillé, Allium pyrrhorrhizum Airy Shaw, Allium pyrrhorrhizum var. leucorrhizum FT Wang & T. Tang, Allium yunnanense Diels.
- 10,5cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 10 to 30cm
- Plant spacing: 30 cm
- Flower colour: purple
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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