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Description

Bulb is ovoid or subglobose and usually with numerous bulblets present. Stem is terete. Leaves are wide in lower part, and it is flat, linear and tapering gradually to the apex. Short sheaths found above ground. Spathe valved with 3-4 lobes shorter than pedicels. Umbel is found which is  hemispherical to fastigiate and many-flowered with no bulbils present. Perianth is campanulate. Stamens shorter than perianth. The filaments are flat and  triangular. Anthers yellow and style included. Capsule is subglobose.

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Distribution

Global Distribution

Libya, Egypt, Palestine.

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Physical Description

Size

Height: 10-70 cm

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Ecology

Habitat

Sandy places.

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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Perennial

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Wikipedia

Allium roseum

Allium roseum, commonly called rosy garlic, is an edible, Old World species of garlic native to much of Europe and the Mediterranean region, northern Africa, and western Asia; and naturalized in the Azores, and elsewhere.[1]

A. roseum grow naturally to about 1.5 feet high in well-drained soils, blooming from late spring to early summer.[2]

Inflorescences are umbels. Loose, fragrant florets are about 3 inches long, having six pallid petals apiece, that are pinkish to lilac in hue.[2]

The smell and flavor of the bulb is powerful enough to drive squirrels and browsing deer away from gardens, where they are planted as ornamental flowers. For this reason, they are suitable as companion plants to tulips and the like.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c  A. roseum was originally described and published in Species plantarum 1:296. 1753. GRIN (January 22, 2007). "Allium roseum information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?2361. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tips on Growing Allium Roseum". Gardening Central. http://www.gardeningcentral.org/allium_roseum/allium_roseum.html. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 


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