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Allium cernuum (Lady's leek )

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.15m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Allium cernuum

Other names

Lady's leek , Nodding wild onion, Nodding onion, Wild onion

Genus

Allium Allium

Species

A. cernuum - A. cernuum is a clump-forming, deciduous, bulbous perennial with narrowly strap-shaped, dark grey-green leaves and sturdy stems bearing pendent umbels of bell-shaped, pink flowers in summer.


Allium cernuum is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Onion-scented leaves

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Onion rot Onion rot

General care

Pruning

Cut back leaves only when they have completely died down.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring or plants bulbs and offsets in autumn.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Allium cernuum (Lady's leek ) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, well-drained sandy loam soil in sun. Best with some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage. Tends to naturalize by self-seeding of offsets in ideal growing conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Allium cernuum

Other names

Lady's leek , Nodding wild onion, Nodding onion, Wild onion

Genus

Allium Allium

Species

A. cernuum - A. cernuum is a clump-forming, deciduous, bulbous perennial with narrowly strap-shaped, dark grey-green leaves and sturdy stems bearing pendent umbels of bell-shaped, pink flowers in summer.

Native to

North America

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Onion-scented leaves

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Specific diseases

Onion rot

General care

Pruning

Cut back leaves only when they have completely died down.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring or plants bulbs and offsets in autumn.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Allium cernuum (Lady's leek ) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.15m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, well-drained sandy loam soil in sun. Best with some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage. Tends to naturalize by self-seeding of offsets in ideal growing conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Allium cernuum (Lady's leek )

Common pest name

allium leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Phytomyza gymnostoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of Allium already present in UK and spreading; previous consultation supported awareness raising only; industry should prepare for the event of findings in commercial crops.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Allium cernuum (Lady's leek )

Common pest name

Asain cotton leafworm; Cluster caterpillar; Fall armyworm; Rice cutworm; Taro caterpiller; Tobacco budworm; Tobacco caterpillar; Tobacco cutworm; Tobacco leaf caterpillar

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera litura

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Allium cernuum (Lady's leek )

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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