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Allium tricoccum - Wild Leek

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Sun Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Loam-Clay

Height: 8 inches

Spread: 1 foot

Blooms: June, July

Root: Bulb, Fibrous

Habitat: Mesic deciduous woodlands and wooded bluffs.

Landscape uses: Pollinator garden, Rain garden, Woodland planting, Naturalization 

Complimentary Plants: Does not like competition, plant alone for best success 

Wildlife Value: The flowers attract various kinds of bees, including Halictid bees, masked bees (Hylaeus spp.), honeybees, bumblebees, and mason bees. These insects suck nectar or collect pollen.

Seed Origin: Blue Mountains, Ontario

Germination Code: E

Allium tricoccum - Wild Leek

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  • Wild Leeks are renowned for their edible, strap-like leaves in early spring. The edible foliage dies back as the flower stalk emerges.  Throughout June and July, flower buds open to reveal creamy-white blooms and provides a welcome pop of brightness in the shade garden after most ephemerals are spent.  

    This plant prefers typical woodland conditions, with dappled sunlight sustaining the Wild Leek's foliage in early spring, and deeper shade as the plant flowers and the trees leaf out.  The presence of this species is a sign that the original flora of a woodlands is still in intact.

    Also known as “Ramps,” Allium tricoccum is quite popular among foodies and foragers alike.  Although plentiful in some areas, Wild Leeks face the same pressures as many other woodland plants, such as encroachment by invasive species, development, and over-collection.  Whether gathering from a wild source or private property, conserve the patch by clipping only a few leaves from each plant instead of digging out the whole bulb. Plant these seeds as an investment in the future: it can take 5 to 7 years from successful germination to harvest. 

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