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Allium aflatunense

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
AL-ee-um ah-flat-oo-NEN-say
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

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

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Allium
    Species:
    aflatunense
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central Asia
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought, normally not susceptible to animals
    Edibility:
    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:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    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.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are long, slender, flat or cylindrical and hollow.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    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:
    Sulfides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems