(Allium thunbergii)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Allium thunbergii
Alliaceae

The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles[20].

  • Medicinal Use

    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[K].

  • Edible Use

    Young plants and leaves – raw or cooked in soups etc[177, 183]. The raw leaves have a pleasant mild onion flavour and a good fibre-free texture[K].

    Bulbs – cooked[177]. They can be pickled in brine, vinegar and syrup[183]. The bulbs are up to 2cm in diameter[266].

    Flowers – raw. A pleasant mild onion flavour, they make an attractive garnish in salads etc[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in very large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible[76].

Cultivation & Habitat

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. Very easy, the plants divide successfully at any time in the growing season and the divisions can be planted straight out into their permanent positions if required.
Prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil[1]. Plants are not hardy in the colder areas of Britain, they tolerate temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply[1]. Most members of this genus are intolerant of competition from other growing plants[203]. There is at least one named variety, selected for its ornamental value[200]. ‘Ozawa’ is smaller than the type, growing to 30cm[200, 203]. Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes[18, 20, 54]. This plant is a bad companion for alfalfa, each species negatively affecting the other[201]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.