Also known as
Wild Leek, Great-Headed Garlic, Kurrat, Levant Garlic, Pearl Onion, Vine Leek, Elephant Garlic, Broadleaf Wild Leek, Wild leek, Yorktown onion, Broad-leaved wild leek, Kurrant
Allium ampeloprasum 8701 by SB Johnny (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Blue Leek Overview
Bulbous perennial species with a strong onion/garlic scent, produces spherical umbels of tightly-packed purple blooms on bare stems in summer. This Allium has a tall, robust habit; its cylindrical stems reach a height of up to 4 ft (1.2 m). Paper-like bracts drop off the globe-shaped umbels as the flower opens. Leaves have a wax-like texture, are up to 40cm long and are grey-green with rough margins. One of the larger, leafier Alliums, it has a bulb with a garlic-like flavour.
Common problems with Blue Leek
How to propagate Blue Leek
Propagation is by offsets, by seed in autumn.
Division of clumps (spring flowering varieties in late summer and summer flowering varieties in spring).
Special features of Blue Leek
Attracts useful insects
butterflies, moths, range of flies, range of bees
Other uses of Blue Leek
Adaptable to many other environments, especially for rocky, coastal situations.