Allium ampeloprasum L. - Wild Leek

Allium ampeloprasum plant

Family - Liliaceae

Stems:

Allium ampeloprasum bulbBulb.

Allium ampeloprasum stemLeaf bases and stem.

Leaves:

N/A

Inflorescence:

Allium ampeloprasum inflorescence

Allium ampeloprasum bractBract of inflorescence.

Flowers:

Allium ampeloprasum flowerFlower close-up.

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Cultivated and escaped to roadsides, sandy fields, waste places.

Origin - Native to Eurasia.

Other information - This species can be found cultivated throughout much of Alabama and is escaped to a number of counties in the state. The plant can be easily identified by its flat leaves and large, globose heads of flowers. The bulb of this species divides into flat-sided segments.
A. ampeloprasum is the parent plant of the cultivated Leek and Elephant Garlic and is edible.
Allium is the Latin for "Onion" or "Garlic."
The species epithet ampeloprasum derives from the Greek "ampel(o)(us)" meaning "a grape vine" and "pras(um)" meaning "a leek." The name means "the leek of the vineyard."

Alabama Distribution:

Allium ampeloprasum map

Photographs taken off Uniroyal Road, Lee County, AL., 5-31-06.


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