Allium scorodoprasum L.
Allium scorodoprasum, commonly known as giant garlic, sand leek, belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Allium scorodoprasum was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Allium scorodoprasum is a species in the genus Allium which contains approximately 943 to 1011 species and belongs to the family of the Alliaceae (Garlic Family). The type species of the genus is Allium sativum.
The plants are comparatively long-lived and reach heights of to 50 centimetres.
Allium scorodoprasum is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation.
Flowers and Fruits
Allium scorodoprasum produces umbels of violet six-stellate flowers from June to July.
The plants produce loculicidal capsules.
Allium scorodoprasum is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber:
- aquatic plant
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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