Onionweed (Asphodelus fistulosus)

Annual/Perennial
A. tenuifolius. Cav.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Onionweed
Asphodelus fistulosus
Asphodelaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The seed is diuretic[240]. It is also applied externally to ulcers and inflamed parts of the body[240]. The seed contains oils rich in linoleic acid and are of value in preventing atherosclerosis[240].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked.[46, 61, 105] The root is fibrous according to one report[100] whilst another says that the swollen root has radical root fibres[42].

    The plant is eaten as a vegetable, records of ‘edible bulbs’ seem to be erroneous[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March/April in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place in 1 – 3 months at 15¡c[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. When the plants are large enough to handle, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Division in early spring or autumn[111].
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating partial shade[200]. Requires a well-drained soil. Prefers a deep rich sandy loamy soil[1, 42]. Prefers a sunny position in a soil that is not too rich[200]. Grows well on hot dry banks[42]. This species is a perennial, though it is not very hardy in Britain. This has contributed to the mistaken belief that it is an annual. A covering of bracken overwinter is usually ample protection in most districts[42]. The flowers are sweetly scented[245]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233].
S. Europe – Mediterranean. W. Asia.

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