This species is probably no more than a synonym of Allium thunbergii[
Allium deltoidefistulosum S.O.Yu, S.Lee & W.T.Lee
Allium japonicum Regel
Allium komarovianum Vved.
Allium ophiopogon H.Lév.
Allium yuchuanii Y.Z.Zhao & J.Y.Chao
Allium sacculiferum is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing usually 3 leaves 20 - 50cm long and a flowering scape 30 - 60cm tall from a single or, more commonly, paired 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[
E. Asia - Russian Far East (Amur, Khabarovsk, Primorye), N. China, Japan, Korea
]. Meadows, riversides and lakesides at elevations of 100 - 500 metres in northern China[
Prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil[
].It is likely to tolerate wetter soils than many other members of the genus[
The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply[
]. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other plants[
Bulb - raw or cooked. Added to soups[
]. The bulb is up to 15mm in diameter[
Leaves - raw or cooked. Added to soups[
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.