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botanical name:
Allium senescens var. calcareum
Allium senescens var. calcareum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Ornamental onion, German garlic, Ballhead onion
synonyms:  Allium lusitanicum
family:  Alliaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.40m
width: 0.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
main season: Autumn
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 5 to 10
description:
Clump forming. with narrow green leaves, 5cm wide. Round umbels of mauve-lilac flowers, produced late in the season, in September and October.

cultivation:
Any lightish, well drained, moist to quite dry soil in full sun. Drought tolerant once established.

propagation:
From seed or by division of bulb clusters.

usage:
Edible bulbs, leaves and young shoots, cooked or raw in salads.
Reputed to repel insects and moles, the juice has been used as a moth repellent.

other notes:
Found in dry, usually rocky places, from Central Europe to Siberia.

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