Allium hypsistum

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Common name: JIMBU

Native to: Nepal


Type: perennial

Form: erect

Max height: 0.80 feet

Max width: 0.80 feet


white/off white




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Edibles: herb, vegetable

Exposure: sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: average

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: 0 to +30 °F

Water: dry, regular

Allium hypsistum is a perennial that will attract butterflies and bees to nectar. It is a wild plant that can be grown from seed in Zones 7-9. It will grow to nearly a foot tall.
Allium, a member of the Amaryllidaceae family with 974 species, includes annuals and perennials that variously grow in Zones 5-11. Seventy Alliums are listed in the database – most of them are cultivars that can be grown from seed and grown in containers. Most of these prefer regular watering; some grow in dry conditions.

Many Alliums are grown for consumption including onion (A. cepa), shallot (A. schoenoprasum), and leek (A. ampeloprasum).

Twenty-five Alliums in this database can be grown as annuals in some Zones – including varieties of cepa, sativa, and shoenoprasum.

Perennial Alliums include cepa, cyathophorum, hypsistum, ramosum, senescens, siculum, sikkimense, sphaerocephalon, splendens, textile, tricoccum, tuberosum, unifolium, ursinum, and wallichii.

Allium blossoms attract Vanessa annabella, WEST COAST LADY, Papilio rutulus, WESTERN TIGER SWALLOWTAIL, Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) to the garden.