Allium lessingii Kar. ex Ledeb.
Allium sabulosum is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from an underground bulb. It produces a small culster of grass-like leaves and a flowering scape 20 - 60cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eurasia - european Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan, Siberia, northwest China
]. Sand deserts[
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[
]. The ovoid bulb is around 15 - 20mm in diameter[
]. No more information is given, but all parts of Allium species are generally edible, particularly the bulb, leaves 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.