Allium artvinense Miscz. ex Grossh.
Allium margaritaceum affine (Ledeb.) Regel
Allium margaritaceum scabrum Regel
Allium mishtshenkoanum Grossh.
Allium transcaucasicum Grossh.
Allium affine is a perennial plant growing from a solitary bulb 1 - 2cm thick. It produces a cluster of 3 - 5 leaves which are much shorter than the flowering scape, which is 30 - 80cm tall[
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 and eastern Turkey, Lebanon, the Caucasus, Iraq and Iran
Dry mountain slopes[
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[
]. No more information is given, but Alliums in general have more or less edible bulbs, flowers and leaves[
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[
The bulbs can be rubbed on the skin to repel insects[
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.