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Rocambole (Allium scorodoprasum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Allium scorodoprasum

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

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is digestive and depurative[178].

    The bulb is used in the treatment of abscesses, amoebic dysentery, bronchitis, cholera, dysentery, influenza, skin diseases and TB[218].

  • Edible Use

    Bulb – raw or cooked[5, 46]. A garlic substitute[22, 27, 37, 61], it is used as a flavouring in salads, soups etc[238]. The bulbs are smaller than garlic and have a milder flavour, they are produced at the points of the stem as well as at the base[2]. The bulbs are 10 – 20mm in diameter[200].

    Leaves – raw or cooked[238]. Used as a flavouring in salads etc[238].

    Flowers – raw. Used as a garnish on salads.

  • 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]. Thrives in poor dry soils[238]. The bulbs should be planted fairly deeply[1]. Many forms of this species produce numerous bulbils in the flowering head[203]. The plants can become very invasive by means of these bulbils[203]. The sub-species A. scorodoprasum jajlae and A. scorodoprasum rotundum do not produce bulbils[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]. Occasionally cultivated, especially in Russia, for its edible bulb[183]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Most of Europe, including Britain, east and south to W. Asia and Syria.

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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.