allium cristophii (star of persia) seedlings

belfastmomApril 10, 2009

When I did my spring clean up a few weeks ago, I discovered a mass of seedlings growing right under a fallen seed head of a star of persia. I thought (and hoped) they might be star of persia seedlings so I left them be. Now they are bigger, they look like skinny, baby chives and not at all like the leaves of the mature stars of persia that are growing beside them. I also seem to have a quite a lot of them scattered about. So I'm really not sure what they are. Could these be star of persia? Does it grows easily from seed? Has anyone else had them or similar alliums grow from seed.

belfastmom

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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

I've had lots and lots of seedlings from my Allium christophii, clustered where the seed heads fall as you describe. I think it must take a very long time for them to reach flowering size, though, because it's been at least 6-7 years and I'm still waiting ...

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 9:36PM
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steve22802(7a VA)

My mom has a large (and expanding) clump of Stars of Persia (Allium christophii) and it has self-sowed and the offspring are blooming. I don't think it should take 6-7 years for them to bloom, more likely they should bloom by about the third season. They can be difficult to start yourself from seed because they need cold stratification and light to germinate but they self-sow fairly easily if you just let the seeds fall on the soil surface and then leave them undisturbed until the next spring when they will germinate when they are ready. Obviously you would want to be careful not to mulch over the seeds which is usually my problem.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 7:49AM
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