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Persian shallot

Allium stipitatum

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Persian shallot Overview

Allium stipitatum is a stunning flowering perennial that produces flower spikes that can get to 1.1m tall. In late spring the up to 12cm across ball shaped head of fifty or more star shaped flowers open their purple petals to give a stunning display. This low maintenance bulb's height makes it a useful plant to provide architectural interest to most gardens. Allium stipitatum species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Persian shallot

How to harvest Persian shallot

Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements as required.

How to propagate Persian shallot


Plant bulbs in autumn up to three times their diameter. Pefer's fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. If you have clay soils, add grit to improve drainage.


Lift bulbs in autumn, separating offsets and replant straight away.


Seeds are thinly sown directly at least 5 cm apart, in rows 30 cm apart. Onion sets are produced by sowing seed thickly in poor soil and the small bulbs produced are harvested and planted the following spring and grow into large bulbs

Special features of Persian shallot

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Pot plant

Suits being grown in raised beds or larger containers to balance the height of the flowering stem.

Repels harmful insects

Their mild onion scent can repel harmful insects from other plants

Other uses of Persian shallot

This low maintenance bulb suits being grown in free draining locations and can be used in a cutting garden.