Allium angulosum

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Mouse garlic
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Allium angulosum[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species:
A. angulosum
Binomial name
Allium angulosum
L. 1753 not All. 1785 nor Krock. 1787 nor Lour. 1790 nor DC. 1805 nor Pursh. 1813
Synonyms[2]

Allium angulosum, the mouse garlic, is a species of garlic native to a wide region of central Europe and northern Asia, from France and Italy to Siberia and Kazakhstan.[3][4]

Allium angulosum is a perennial herb up to 50 cm tall. Bulbs are narrow and elongated, about 5 mm in diameter. The plant produces a hemispherical umbel of small pink flowers on long pedicels.[4][5]

Uses[edit]

Allium angulosum is cultivated as an ornamental and also as an herb for kitchen gardens. Bulbs and leaves are edible cooked or in salads. There are, however, some reports of being toxic in large quantities.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1809 illustration from Curtis's botanical magazine vol. 29-30 plate 1149 (http://www.botanicus.org/page/472872) Author John Sims (1749–1831)
  2. ^ The Plant List
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ a b Altervista Flora Italiana, Schede di Botanica, Allium angulosum
  5. ^ Linnaeus, Carl. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 300.
  6. ^ Plants for a Future, Allium angulosum, mouse garlic