This dwarf hardy allium is native to China where it grows on high grassy slopes. The flowers, which appear in lte spring or summer, are purple-red with the stamens fused in a tube. It can be distinguisehed from the popular variant Farreriby the more rounded shape of its petals.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.