Allium ursinum
Ramsons, Wild garlic
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Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Spring
Height 8-18in/20-45cm
Light preference Shade/part shade
Soil preference Moist
Sowing time/depth Preferably autumn, barely cover
The wide, bright green leaves of this pretty woodland plant have a mild garlic flavour and can be used in salads. In spring it produces attractive heads of small white flowers - which are also edible, as are the shoots, stems, roots and seeds! Ransoms require shady, moist conditions.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Wild garlic can be very invasive, so unless there is plenty of space in which you're happy to see it, it is best grown in a container. It is said that if planted amongst cyclamen its tendency to spread is diminished - but this may be just an old wives' tale! Best sown outside in autumn (cold aids germination), covering with a fine sprinkling of soil or compost. Germination usually takes about 21 days. Provide shade and adequate moisture for best results.
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