Allium aitchisonii Boiss.
Allium obtusifolium Klotzsch
Allium platyspathum falcatum Regel
Allium platystylum Regel
Allium polyphyllum Kar. & Kir.
Allium thomsonii Baker
Allium carolinianum is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing 4 - 6 leaves 15 - 30cm long and a flowering scape 20 - 40cm tall from one or more commonly two underground bulbs[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible[
Asia - Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, east western China, Pakistan, northern India to Nepal.
Gravelly or stony slopes at elevations from 3,000 - 5,000 metres in western China[
Allium carolinianum can tolerate temperatures considerably below zero in the winter, but does require very good drainage if it is to succeed outdoors[
Easily grown from seed, succeeding in a sunny position in a light well-drained soil[
The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply[
]. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other growing plants[
Bulb - raw or cooked[
]. The bulbs are usually in pairs and are up to 25mm in diameter[
Leaves - raw or cooked.
Flowers - raw. Used as a garnish on salads.
Although no specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system[
Allium species usually grow well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but they inhibit the growth of legumes[
]. They are, in general, bad companions for alfalfa - each species negatively affecting the other[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, the juice of most species in this genus (especially those with a strong onion or garlic smell) can be used as a moth repellent[
The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle - if you want to produce clumps more quickly then put three plants in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in spring once they are growing vigorously and are large enough.
Division in spring. The plants divide successfully at any time in the growing season, pot up the divisions in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing well and then plant them out into their permanent positions.