Allium roseum, commonly called rosy garlic, is an edible, Old World species of wild garlic. It is native to the Mediterranean region and nearby areas, with a natural range extending from Portugal and Morocco to Turkey and the Palestine region. It is cultivated widely, and has become naturalised in scattered locations in other regions outside its natural range.
|Inflorescence of Allium roseum, blooming in Brest, France|
The smell and flavour 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 similar species.
- Subspecies + varieties
Numerous names have been proposed at the subspecies and varietal levels within the species, but only a few are currently accepted:
- Allium roseum subsp. gulekense Koyuncu & Eker - Turkey
- Allium roseum subsp. roseum - most of species range
- Allium roseum var. roseum - most of species range
- Allium roseum var. tourneuxii Boiss. - Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria
- formerly included
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- Media related to Allium roseum at Wikimedia Commons