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Al­lium wallichii is some­thing of an odd­ity among the ex­ten­sive Al­lium genus, which in­cludes more than 600 species. It comes from the Hi­malayas, where it grows from bul­bils pro­duced at the end of stolons at al­ti­tudes of more than 2,000m in rel­a­tively damp meadow. It flow­ers in late sum­mer – from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber – and doesn’t start into growth un­til late spring, with its leaves be­gin­ning to die back at a sim­i­lar time to the early bloom­ing al­li­ums. It’s a pur­ple-pink colour with large, round um­bels, made up of fine, star-shaped flow­ers.

Height 45cm. Ori­gin Hi­malayas, south­west China. Con­di­tions Moist soil; full sun to part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H7. Sea­son of in­ter­est Late sum­mer to au­tumn.

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