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Allium tuberosum is often confused with:
Allium tricoccum In a woodland setting.
Tulbaghia violacea Tulbaghia violacea
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Allium Alllium
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Canna Flower

Wild Leek Allium tuberosum

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Wild Leek:

Phonetic Spelling
AL-ee-um too-ber-OH-sum
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Garlic Chives or Wild Leeks are a bulbous perennial herb with characteristic onion or garlic odor.  It is found in rich, moist forests and natural areas. Grown for both ornamental and culinary uses, garlic chives are a great addition to edible landscapes.  Showy cream flowers appear above the clumps of strappy green leaves in the early summer.

They are best grown in a pot to limit their spread or grown in a naturalized area. Deadhead to prevent unwanted self-seeding.

 

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Herb & Flower Cottage Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bulb#showy flowers#yellow#poisonous#drought tolerant#edible plant#cream#white flowers#yellow flowers#weedy#mass planting#summer flowers#deer resistant#cream flowers#vegetable garden#rock gardens#early summer flowers#cool season vegetable#container#pollinators
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bulb#showy flowers#yellow#poisonous#drought tolerant#edible plant#cream#white flowers#yellow flowers#weedy#mass planting#summer flowers#deer resistant#cream flowers#vegetable garden#rock gardens#early summer flowers#cool season vegetable#container#pollinators
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Allium
    Species:
    tuberosum
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Himalaya to China
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract pollinators
    Edibility:
    Leaves, bulbs and flowers are edible. However, the plant also has poisonous characteristics as noted in the "Poisonous to Humans" section of this record. Toxicity can depend on the age of the person or animal, the age of the plant, the part of the plant ingested, how much is ingested, whether the person or animal has sensitivities or allergies, whether it's eaten raw or cooked, and so forth. Consult with a medical professional for further details.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 4 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Edible
    Herb
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Umbel of 25 to 55 small, pale yellow to cream, bell-shaped flowers with 6 petals in a tight cluster on 6 to 15 in. naked stem. The flowers have cup-like petals and sepals.
  • 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:
    Flat linear green leaves in a basal rosette up to 12 inches long. Galic taste and odor.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Round
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Round hollow green stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Poisonous through ingestion. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Sulfides
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds
    Stems