Allium moly L.
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Allium moly, commonly known as lily leek, moly, belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Allium moly was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Allium moly 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 15 to 25 centimetres.
Allium moly is deciduous. The bluish green, simple leaves are basal. They are linear with entire margins and parallel venation. The leaves are around 10 to 20 centimetres large.
Flowers and Fruits
Allium moly produces umbels of yellow six-stellate flowers from May to June.
The plants produce loculicidal capsules.
Allium moly is native to Southwest France.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -18Â°C (USDA zone 7).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
The recommended planting distance is 10 to 20 centimetres, the plants are best planted in groups of 10 to 15. Suited for rockeries, roof greening and for beds and borders, as well as suited as cut flowers and as bee pasture.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
- Cut back after flowering.
Propagate by sowing or by bulblets.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.