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Rocamboles Allium sativum

Phonetic Spelling
AL-ee-um sa-TEE-vum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Garlic is a member of the onion family native to Asia.  Its bulbs are highly edible and it is a popular vegetable garden plant.  It is resistant to browsing by deer and black walnut.

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
var. ophioscorodon, var. sativum
Tags:
#bulb#black walnut#Tunicated bulb#deer resistant#edible leaves#edible#cool season vegetable#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#edible bulbs
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
var. ophioscorodon, var. sativum
Tags:
#bulb#black walnut#Tunicated bulb#deer resistant#edible leaves#edible#cool season vegetable#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#edible bulbs
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Allium
    Species:
    sativum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Bulb
    Edible
    Vegetable
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Capsule on top of the flowering stalk. Splits open when ripe.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Long and thin. Brighter green than other cultivated alliums.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia, Heinz body anemia), blood in urine, weakness, high heart rate, panting
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    N-propyl disulfide
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No