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Allium ampeloprasum (syn. halleri)


Allium ampeloprasum, wild leek, is where leeks, elephant garlic, and pearl onions come from. It can bloom at 6 feet high!

Allium ampeloprasum, or wild leek, is the species from which leeks, elephant garlic, pearl onions, kurrat (Egyptian leek), and tareh (Persian leek) have been derived from. It can make an imposing ornamental statement in the garden with flower scapes rising up to 4-6 feet high. Flowers can be pink, reddish or white. This species is native to the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. Over centuries of cultivation, it has been introduced and naturalized over a wider range.

Common Name: Wild Leek

Family: Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 8-12"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Dry, Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Butterflies, Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Asia and the Pacific - Southwest Asia and Asia Minor

Europe and Africa - North Africa

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