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A picture of a Babington's Leek

Babington's Leek

Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii

Also known as

Wild Leek, Wild leek

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

20cm

20cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Babington's Leek Overview

Also known as Allium babingtonii, this species is a perennial herb with linear to strap-shaped medium green leaves. The flower heads can reach up to two metres in height. They are comprised of pink-purple bell-like flowers held in umbels with the occasional bulbil which are grow longer than the flowers and give the impression the flower head is exploding. When the flower dies down, these bulbils can root in the surrounding soil, so that colonies of these plants can 'walk' across the terrain.

Common problems with Babington's Leek

How to propagate Babington's Leek

Division

You can grow from seed when ripe in the spring, Divide the clumps in the spring.

Seed

Other uses of Babington's Leek

Grown as an ornamental as well as for culinary use. The bulbs have a mild garlic flavour. Grown for for the same medicinal uses as garlic but is milder and less effective.