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
Primary Bloom Colour: Pink
Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Dry, Average
Benefits: Butterflies, Bees
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: No
Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia
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