This species is closely related tot he cultivated chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and is sometimes treated as a subspecies (as Allium schoenoprasum maximowiczii (Regel) Bondarenko ex Korovina)[
Allium ledebourianum maximowiczii (Regel) Q.S.Sun
Allium prostratum Maxim.
Allium schoenoprasum bellum Kitam.
Allium schoenoprasum leucanthum H.Hara
Allium schoenoprasum maximowiczii (Regel) Bondarenko ex Korovina
Allium schoenoprasum orientale Regel
Allium schoenoprasum shibutsuense Kitam.
Allium schoenoprasum yezomonticola H.Hara
Allium maximowiczii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a small bulb; it produces 1 - 2 grass-like leaves and a flowering stem 20 - 60cm tall. New bulbs are produced on a short rhizome, the plant eventually becoming a dense cluster of bulbs[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Although it appears to be a widespread species, information concerning distribution, population sizes and trends across the species' full range is lacking so it cannot be evaluated. The plant is classified as 'Data Deficient' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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[
E. Asia - Eastern Siberia, Russian Far East, Mongolia, northern China, Japan, Korea
Damp meadows along river valleys, forest margins and wetlands[
|Conservation Status||Data Deficient
Species in this genus generally prefer a sunny position in a light well-drained soil[
The plant is used as a vegetable and source of vitamins[
]. Eaten as a salad[
].No more information is given, but Alliums in general have more or less edible bulbs, flowers and leaves[
]. In addition, this species is closely related to the cultivated chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and is likely to have similar uses[
]. These are:-
Leaves - raw, cooked or dried for later use. The leaves have a mild onion flavour and are an excellent addition to mixed salads, they can also be used as a flavouring in soups etc[
]. The leaves are often available from late winter and can continue to produce leaves until early the following winter, especially if they are in a warm, sheltered position[
]. A good source of sulphur and iron[
]. A nutritional analysis is available[
The bulbs are rather small, and rarely exceed 10mm in diameter[
]. They can be harvested with the leaves still attached and be used as spring onions[
]. They have a pleasant mild onion flavour.
The flowers can be used as a garnish in salads etc[
]. The flowers of this species are rather dry and less desirable than the flowers of many other species[
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 of the cluster, preferably when the plant is dormant.