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Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis

Other names

Bulgarian honey garlic, Nectaroscordum siculum subsp. bulgaricum, Allium meliophilum, Nectaroscordum meliophilum, Allium siculum subsp. bulgaricum, Allium bulgaricum

Genus

Allium Allium

Species

A. siculum subsp. dioscoridis - A. siculum subsp. dioscoridis is a clump-forming, deciduous, bulbous perennial with keeled, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing umbels of pendent, green-flushed, purple-marked, creamy-white flowers in early summer. Flowers are followed by conical, pale brown seed capsules.


Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Scented leaves

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Flower

Flushed purple, Flushed green, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

Onion rot Onion rot

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Cut back leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Division, Offsets


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Where to grow

Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant bulbs in autumn 5cm deep, 25cm apart in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates partial shade. Tends to self-seed readily. Site carefully as bulbs tend to resent disturbance.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis

Other names

Bulgarian honey garlic, Nectaroscordum siculum subsp. bulgaricum, Allium meliophilum, Nectaroscordum meliophilum, Allium siculum subsp. bulgaricum, Allium bulgaricum

Genus

Allium Allium

Species

A. siculum subsp. dioscoridis - A. siculum subsp. dioscoridis is a clump-forming, deciduous, bulbous perennial with keeled, strap-shaped, mid-green leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing umbels of pendent, green-flushed, purple-marked, creamy-white flowers in early summer. Flowers are followed by conical, pale brown seed capsules.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Scented leaves

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem


Colour

Flower

Flushed purple, Flushed green, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

Specific diseases

Onion rot

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Cut back leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Division, Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant bulbs in autumn 5cm deep, 25cm apart in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates partial shade. Tends to self-seed readily. Site carefully as bulbs tend to resent disturbance.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Allium siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic)

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 siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic)

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 siculum subsp. dioscoridis (Bulgarian honey garlic)

Common pest name

Sugarbeet webworm; Weevil; Australian tomato; Weevil; vegetable

Scientific pest name

Listroderes costirostris

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

Awareness needs to be maintained due to the risk of entry as a 'hitchhiker' and monitoring of the pest in countries where it is known to be present.

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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