Allium ursinum is also known as Wild Garlic, Wood Garlic, Broad-leaved Garlic, Bear Leak, Bear’s Garlic, Ramsons, or Buckrams. It is part of the Amaryllidaceae family of plants. So it is related to Amaryllis. It is a bulbous perennial. Allium Ursinum is native to Europe and Russia. It grows in deciduous forests.
Allium Ursinum is a Monocot plant. These are plants that their seeds have a single cotyledon (one seed leaf). They usually have parallel-veined leaves. There are over 60,000 monocot plants including grass, orchids, palms, and lilies.
Allium Ursinum description:
Allium Ursinum is easy to grow. This garlic-scented plant forms colonies. It has paired elliptic foliage. Allium Ursinum flowers are white. They are star-shaped, and appear in umbels on erect stems. Allium Ursinum flower in late spring.
How to grow Allium Ursinum:
Grow it in the sun. Plant it in moist and fertile soil that is well-drained. Propagate by seed or division. Allium Ursinum is pest-free. Watch out for onion white rat and downy mildew.
Allium Ursinum culinary uses:
They make salads with Allium Ursinum leaves . They are also boiled as a vegetable or soup. The stems are consumed in Russia. They make cheese with the bulbs and flowers in Turkey. Cows are fed Allium Ursinum to change the taste of milk. This was common in 19th century Switzerland.