TOW Allium tuberosum

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 06 Mar 2003 12:03:50 PST
I was surprised to read Mark's warning against Allium tuberosum, aka 
garlic chives.  It is definitely not a thug in my garden.

I have had it so long I can't remember the source, but I did not grow 
it from seed.

I just went out to check its area in the herb border where it has 
been growing unchecked for at least 15 years. Its leaves are up about 
10 cm. There are three tight clumps, probably corresponding to the 
original planting of bulbs.  One clump has about 12 white bulbs 
jammed in close to each other at the surface of the soil, and the 
other two clumps have about 6 each.  I searched a square metre around 
and found 12 seedlings that may be tuberosum, but may be one of the 
other alliums growing nearby.  I did not dig any up to see if they 
were rhizomatous, but from their manner of growing it seems they are 

So - do I have a different species, or just a non-rhizomatous form?

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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