Allium vavilovii is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from an underground bulb. It produces a cluster of 7 - 9 grass-like leaves up to 30cm long and a robust flowering scape 70 - 90cm tall. The bulb grows singly or in pairs on a short rhizome, the plant dividing to form a cluster of growth[
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[
W. Asia - southern Turkmenistan, northern Iran.
Rock crevices and stony slopes[
Species in this genus generally prefer 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[
The plant is used for food[
We have no further information, but Allium species in general usually have more or less edible leaves, bulbs and flowers[
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 of the bulbs, preferably in the dormant season.