Allium christophii Trautv.

Star of Persia

Accepted name: Allium cristophii

Herb with spherical bulbs. Leaves 2-7, linear, erect, waxy blue with stiff hairs. Inflorescence 15-40 cm, stem solid, spathes 2. Flowers numerous, 10-18 mm long, star-shaped; summer. Tepals violet-purple, with a metallic sheen. Stamens shorter than tepals, united basally. [A. albopilosum C.H.Wright]

Iran to Turkey.

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Alliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Allium christophii 'Gladiator'

A giant form to 1.2 m with large lilac-mauve flowers.