TOW Allium tuberosum

Jim Reese
Sat, 08 Mar 2003 06:15:22 PST
I must have had the spreading type. It took over a large area and it's in the grass and under my neighbor's bushes. I
dug up bushels of them and put them in the compost pile.
Still have seedlings coming up all over.
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From: "Diane Whitehead" <>
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Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 2:03 PM
Subject: [pbs] TOW Allium tuberosum

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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