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Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii

Babington's leek

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.5m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink-purple
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii (Babington's leek). Also known as Allium babingtonii, this species is a perennial herb with linear to strap-shaped medium green leaves. The flower heads can reach up to two metres in height. They are comprised of pink-purple bell-like flowers held in umbels with the occasional bulbil which are grow longer than the flowers and give the impression the flower head is exploding. When the flower dies down, these bulbils can root in the surrounding soil, so that colonies of these plants can 'walk' across the terrain.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Herbaceous

Other common names

Wild leek

Origin

UK.

Interest and use

Grown as an ornamental as well as for culinary use. The bulbs have a mild garlic flavour. Grown for for the same medicinal uses as garlic but is milder and less effective.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You should grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun. The bulbs should be planted in the autumn The plant is adapted to sand-dunes so they will prefer to be grown in hot dry areas in a sandy loam-based potting compost. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Propagation

You can grow from seed when ripe in the spring, Divide the clumps in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for onion fly, downy mildew and white rot.

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