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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. [[[ sow onto moist well-drained seed compost, just cover with soil. Ideal temp. 18-22°C for 2-4 weeks. Then cold stratify -4°C-+4°C for 4-6 weeks then return to warmth 5-12°C where the seeds should germinate. Germination can be slow and erratic taking 18 days-12 months. Repeat warm/ cold cycle if germination does not occur. ]]]
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