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Allium ursinum
Common Name: Wild Garlic, Bear Garlic Family: Amaryllidaceae (The Amaryllis Family)

Allium ursinum is a beautiful shade-tolerant species from the deciduous woodlands of Europe and Asia. It is also called wild garlic or ramsons and has been harvested for thousands of years for its edible leaves and bulbs. In the garden it produces a carpet of lush, broad, mid-green foliage topped with loose umbels of starry white flowers. Few plants can offer the unique flower forms of ornamental onions. Every garden should have Alliums. Plant in multiples of 3, 5, 7 or more.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Native Habitat:
Deciduous woodlands with moist soils, often in slightly acidic conditions.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height8-12" Bloom TimeSpring
Spread8-12" FragranceNo
Light ExposureShade Part Shade Part Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Moist Stem Colour
Hardiness4-8 BerriesNo
BC NativeNo

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