Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible
Bulb - raw or cooked.
Leaves - raw or cooked.
Flowers - raw. Used as a garnish on salads.
The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles
Although no specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system[K].
There are no medicinal uses listed for Allium suaveolens.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle - if you want to produce clumps more quickly then put three plants in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in spring once they are growing vigorously and are large enough.
Division in spring. Very easy, the plants divide successfully at any time in the growing season and the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions if required.
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An easily grown plant
, it prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil
. Succeeds in heavy soils and in light shade
The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply.
Closely related to A. senescens, differing mainly in having keeled leaves. It has the same uses as that species[K].
Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes. This plant is a bad companion for alfalfa, each species negatively affecting the other.
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer
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Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Allium suaveolens. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Allium suaveolens.
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