SAND LEEK

Allium scorodoprasum

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]  
Formerly in: Lily Family [Liliaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8purple
 
inner
inner8mauve
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ6
 
type
typeZclustered
 
stem
stem8round
 
smell
smell8garlic
garlic

3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Up to 2 feet tall, with leaves sheathing the stem like grass, the 12mm-20mm head is covered by two papery bracts.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The two bracts peel away revealing the contents to be a mixture of bulbils (small dark onion shaped objects, themselves covered in papery bracts) and twenty or so purple flowers projecting out on long stalks at any sort of angle. Arnside viaduct in background without steam train.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
At various places long, round and narrow green serpent-like growths will emerge in due course from small beginnings.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The bulbils, greenish at first, turn a beetroot purple soon afterwards. The flowers have a semi-metallic sheen.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The flowers never fully open, and have six pointed petals without stamens protruding from them.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The bulbils look like tiny onions.


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The bulbils look like tiny onions with their papery bracts still adorning them. It is these from which the 'green-serpents' emerge (bottom right).


3rd July 2010, seaside, Arnside, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Arnside viaduct with 71000 2-6-4 Duke of Gloucester steaming on it.


Easily confused with : Crow Garlic but Crow Garlic has stamens which protrude from the flower, and its leaves are cylindrical and hollow whereas they are flat and grass-like on Sand Leek. Also, Crow Garlic can grow larger than the 2 feet of Sand Leek; up to 4 feet tall.

The Scientific Name should not to be semantically confused with : Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) which is remarkably similar to that of Sand Leek (Allium scorodoprasum)

Not to be confused with : Garden Leek (Allium porrum) [a plant with similar name which belongs to the same family]

The bulbils are the means by which it propagates when they fall to the ground.

No relation to : Sand Pansy, Sand Toadflax, Sand Catchfly, Sand Spurrey or Sand Crocus [plants with similar names].


  Allium scorodoprasum  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Alliaceae  

Distribution
 family8Onion & Garlic family8Alliaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Allium
Allium
(Onions)

SAND LEEK

Allium scorodoprasum

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]  
Formerly in: Lily Family [Liliaceae]

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