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Allium moly

Allium moly
lily leek; golden garlic
Common name lily leek; golden garlic
Family alliaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers yellow (late spring)
Size 9-18"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil; deer-resistant

Attractive flowering onion with loose clusters of yellow stars on stalks above lax strappy blue-green leaves. They are especially effective in mass plantings. Not that I've accomplished that in our garden: I have a single flowering plant, which somehow survived in unidentified form in our nursery area for six years after I thought it had perished (which makes for eight years after I started them from seed). A good case for just buying a bag of bulbs rather than trying to grow them from seed: these are fairly commonly available. Still, I'm happy to add it to my plant collection. It supposedly self-seeds, as well as spreading by offsets, so perhaps I'll attain that mass planting after another half-dozen years!

Allium moly
Foliage looking perky in late April
lily leek; golden garlic
...and going into decline in mid-June

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seeded pot outdoors Dec04; several seedlings Spring06

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