A.k.a. wild leek*. These slow growing natives prefer dappled sun in the spring and shade in the warmer months. Flowering period is early summer, after the leaves have died back.

These native edibles are under increasing pressure from encroaching development and ignorant and/or irresponsible “foragers” with unsustainable practices. A plant take 5-7 years to reach a harvestable size, so patches of destructively harvested leeks take decades to reform even when they are not completely eliminated. The simple solution? To take only one or two leaves from large plants! Be part of the solution by planting your own leeks, and practicing sustainable harvests!

Light: Part Sun/Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic

Soil Type: Loam

Height: 4”-9”

Bloom Color: White 

Bloom Time: Jun, Jul

Root Type: Bulb

Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract bees and flies. Hosts a few flies, plant bugs, and thrips. Foliage is rarely browsed by mammals.

*The common names ‘wild leek’ and ‘wild ramp’ are shared by the closely related narrow-leaved wild leek (Allium burdickii), which is distinguishable by the white petioles (leaf stalks), and narrower leaves. Allium tricoccum has reddish petioles and broader leaves. Ranges overlap and the species may hybridize.

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