- Phonetic Spelling
- AL-ee-um ah-flat-oo-NEN-say
- This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
- See below
Flowers in late spring (May) and lasts 2-3 weeks; 24-36 inches tall with large, multi-flowered umbels; used in beds, rock gardens, meadows, ground covers, and as fresh-cut flowers; tolerates summer drought, but keep moist during the growing season; normally not susceptible to animals.
Bulbous herb with characteristic onion or garlic odor; leaves long, slender, flat or cylindrical and hollow; flowers small, 6-parted, in a cluster at the top of a naked stem
Season: Plant in fall, flowers in late spring
Light: Full sunlight to PM only sunlight
Space: 3 in. apart, 9 per sq. ft.
Depth: 5 in. to the base of the bulb
Usage: Beds, rock gardens, meadows, fresh-cut flowers, ground covers.
Organ: Tunicated bulb
Hardiness: Hardy III- Injured below 5 degrees F (15 degrees C) when planted
Found in: Forest and natural areas, as native herbaceous plants; landscape as cultivated perennial; weedy in disturbed areas
Spring Bulb, Perennial Bulb
- Cultivars / Varieties:
- Cultivars / Varieties:
- Life Cycle:
- Country Or Region Of Origin:
- Central Asia
- Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
- drought, normally not susceptible to animals
- EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves, bulbs, and bulblets. Field garlic (A. vineale) is too strong for most tastes. HARVEST TIME: Only collect plants from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. Gather leaves during spring and fall. Gather bulbs in the second year when they are large enough to use like cultivated onions. Flower stem bulblets are collected during the summer. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Wash leaves, bulbs and bulblets in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Use as domestic onions, for seasoning, or raw in salads. Bulbs can be used raw, boiled, pickled, or for seasoning. Their strong taste can be reduced by parboiling and discarding the water. To freeze onions or garlic, one should coarsely chop, blanch two minutes, drain, pat dry, and place them into plastic bags. The bulbs can also be dried for use as seasoning. Use flower bulbs to flavor soup or for pickling.
Whole Plant Traits:
- Plant Type:
- Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
- Available Space To Plant:
- Less than 12 inches
- Flower Color:
- Flower Inflorescence:
- Flower Value To Gardener:
- Good Cut
- Flower Bloom Time:
- Flower Description:
- Flowers in late spring (May) and lasts 2-3 weeks; 24-36 inches tall with large, multi-flowered umbels. Bulbous herb with characteristic onion or garlic odor. Flowers are small, 6-parted, in a cluster at the top of a naked stem.
- Hairs Present:
- Leaf Description:
- Leaves are long, slender, flat or cylindrical and hollow.
- Stem Is Aromatic:
- Landscape Location:
- Landscape Theme:
- Rock Garden
- Resistance To Challenges:
- Poisonous to Humans
Poisonous to Humans:
- Poison Severity:
- Poison Symptoms:
- Poisonous parts: All parts; bulbs, bulblets, flowers, and stems. Poisonous if ingested. Symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Poison Toxic Principle:
- Causes Contact Dermatitis:
- Poison Part: