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Allium (Onion) Family (Leaf)


The plants listed here have leaves that are eaten and even though they aren’t understood primarily as leaf crops, technically can fit this category and so this is where we have placed them.

Yellow Globe Danvers

Yellow Globe Danvers (1865) is a large round yellow onion that is a good winter keeper.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Onion – Red Baron

Red Baron Onion is described as a red bunching onion. In reality, it is an Allium cepa (bulb onion), not an Allium fistulosum (bunching onion), but it is very slow growing and in the first year from seed only produced a minimal amount of bunching onions. Jim was so disappointed in it that he didn’t harvest anything, and all the plants survived the winter outdoors. In the second year, they produced large deep red bulbs and seed (some produced both bulbs and seed but not all). Jim harvested all the seed and the bulbs and hopes to replant the bulbs in the spring to produce more seed. For those who want to try this interesting onion, we are offering 1g seed packets.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Evergreen White Bunching Onion

Evergreen White Bunching is a perennial that produces green onions the first year from seed. Roots left in the ground over the winter produce clumps of early green onions. Photo is of first spring green onions harvested mid-May from plants left in the ground over winter.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 2 grams
Chives

Chives have round hollow green leaves with a mild onion flavour and are used in salads. The mauve flowers are also used as an edible garnish.

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Price(s): $3.00
Leek – Giant Musselburgh

Leeks have a very mild onion taste. They are slow growing so should be started early as a bedding plant. Once transplanted into the garden leeks need a lot of water. Giant Musselburgh (C) is an heirloom that was introduced in 1834, near Edinburgh, Scotland. It is known for its huge size and winter hardiness.

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Price(s): $3.00
Altai Onion

Altai Onion is thought to be the wild ancestor of perennial bunching onions (Allium fistulosum). It forms handsome clumps larger than the cultivated species, with large yellowish-white spherical flower heads.

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Price(s): $3.00
Mouse Garlic

Mouse Garlic is harvested and consumed in the spring in its native Russia. The flat leaves are bent at the middle rib (hence angulosum). Round mauve flower heads blooming mid-season.

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Beesianum

Allium beesianum has flat green leaves up to about 1′ tall and flowerheads of downward facing pink-purple bells are held just above the leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion is native to the foothills and Rockies and is an early summer bloomer. The flowers are from white to pink to lavender and are borne in clusters atop the stalks which are bent over so that the flowers nod toward the ground. Grows wild in the prairies of southern Saskatchewan.

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Cyathophorum

Allium Cyathophorum is an attractive little plant with flat, narrow leaves to about 8″ high. Flowers are a deep reddish purple and bell-shaped in one-sided pendulous umbels.

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Price(s): $3.00
Small Yellow Onion

Small Yellow Onion has glaucous (blue-green) foliage and loose open umbels of dangling, bell-shaped, straw-yellow flowers. Germinates in 2-3 months at cool temperatures.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Hymenorrhizum

Allium Hymenorrhizum is an Asian native bearing tight round balls of purplish-pink flowers over a long period in summer.

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Obliquum

Allium Obliquum is a tall species (2’—3′) from northwest Asia looking somewhat like leeks, with tight spherical yellowish-white flower heads.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Ramosum

Allium Ramosum is native to central Asia and quite similar to Garlic Chives except that the plants are taller and the white flowers appear earlier.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Scorodoprasum

Allium Scorodoprasum has numerous rosy-violet flowers in round umbels and flat grass-like leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Stellatum

Allium Stellatum is an upright allium (to about 1 1/2′) with pink flowers that Jim found growing wild on the grounds of St. Peter’s Abbey.

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Price(s): $3.00
Allium Textile

Allium Textile is a very short, very early white-flowered allium which is the first plant to show green on the short-grass prairie. This now completes my collection of the three alliums that grow wild in Saskatchewan.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Garlic Chives

Garlic Chives has showy white, globe shaped flower heads in late summer. The flat leaves are mildly garlic flavoured and can be used like regular chives (as all aliums can be). Some winter kill here.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Giant Chives

Giant Chives may be a selection from chives (Allium schoenoprasum) or a separate species but it has large showy spherical purple flower heads and you can use it like chives (as all alliums can be).

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Price(s): $3.00
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