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Leaf Crops


Most of these plants are leafy, however we are extending leafy to include edible stalks/stems (eg. celery and chard) and swollen stems (eg. kohl rabi) as well. You will find Spinach in the Chenopodium family and everything else should be fairly straight forward. Most leaf crops appreciate or even prefer some shade, cool moist weather is ideal for these plants. Edible flowers are here because petals are simply a kind of specialized leaf after all!

Pansy – Johnny-Jump-Up

Johnny-Jump-Up is a very small flowered semi-wild pansy. It is an annual or short lived perennial that self-seeds easily. Its cheerful purple, yellow, and white flowers are among the first to appear in the spring and may bloom off and on until frost.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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Allium Obliquum

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

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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.

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Allium Scorodoprasum

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Arnica – Mountain Tobacco

Mountain Tobacco has large golden daisies in summer on 1’–2′ stalks growing out of a rosette of 8″ downy leaves. This plant from the Alps is traditionally used to treat sprains and bruises.

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Dianthus – Amur Pink

Amur Pink forms dense mounds to 1′ covered with large (for a Dianthus) reddish violet flowers from July to frost.

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Dianthus – Sand Pinks

Sand Pinks has white fringed fragrant flowers on grey-green foliage on compact mat-forming plants.

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Dianthus – Sweet William

Sweet William has been grown in gardens for hundreds of years. The flat topped flower heads are closely packed with single flowers mostly in shades of pink and red with some bicoloured. Biennial or short lived perennial.

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Dianthus – Clusterhead Pink

Clusterhead Pink has heads of magenta flowers clustered on the ends of tall (2’–3′) wind resistant stems.

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Dianthus – Maiden Pink

Maiden Pink is a rock garden or ground cover perennial. The plants are up to 1′ tall and are covered with white, pink, or red flowers.

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Dianthus – Maiden Pink ‘Arctic Fire’

Arctic Fire has white flowers with a brilliant redish pink eye on typical dwarf deltoides plants.

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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a compact 1’– 1½’ plant producing large numbers of single bright yellow flowers over a long season. Used medicinally for nervous disorders and healing painful joints and muscles. Does not always overwinter here.

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Hyssop

Hyssop has many spikes of dark blue flowers, with the occasional white flowered plant, and is very attractive to bees. Traditionally valued as an antiviral and respiratory system medicinal plant.

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Black Cumin

This is the least decorative of the Nigellas, but it has the typical inflated pods. The aromatic seeds are used as seasoning in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. It is also medicinal and a moth ball substitute.

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