Allium oreophilum
Allium oreophilum
Allium oreophilum
Allium oreophilum
Allium oreophilum

Allium oreophilum

Mountain Lover

syn. Pink Lily Leek



15-30 cm

Flower colour


Flowering time

June - July

Foliage colour





well drained


acid - neutral - alkaline



Plant range

W- and Central-Asia, from Turkey to NW-China

Allium is a genus in the family Alliaceae. The genus includes onions grown for food, but also a number of decorative garden plants. It is a very large genus with close to 1000 species, most of which are native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.


Bulbs planted in autumn.

Division in spring.

Seed – needs cold stratification, best sown in September - November.

Seed just covered and stored for 2-4 weeks at 20°C (68°F) and then it‘s moved outside until germination. Germination can be slow, seed may germinate a year later, so it‘s important not to throw it away prematurely. Optimum germination temperature is 5-12°C (40-55°F).

A small ornamental onion with clusters of quite large, bright fuchsia coloured flowers. It grows best in full sun in well drained soil. The flower stalks tend to flop over and the leaves die back during flowering so it has a bit of a disheveled appearance. After flowering it leaves a bare spot that neighboring plants need to fill in. Hardy and easy to grow.

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