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Wild Garlic (Ramsons)
Allium ursinum

Other Names:  Ramsons
Distribution:  Native perennial of woods and shady places throughout Britain .
Habitat:  Native perennial of woods and shady places preferring damp conditions.
Description:  A medium perennial growing up to 45cm.  The leaves are broad and flat.  The white, star-shaped flowers are held in a spherical head from April to June. 
Uses:  The bulbs can be used for cooking although the usual culinary species is Allium sativum. The leaves, however, can be used in salads or cooked to flavour dishes. They particularly complement soft cheeses. In the past, it has been used to treat digestive disorders, rheumatism, high blood pressure and asthma.
Other Notes:  The plant is similar to the poisonous Lily of the Valley when not in flower, but the garlic smell of Ramsons when crushed is distinctive.

Sowing Instructions for Seeds:  Sow seed from Autumn until end of January as they will benefit from a period of cold stratification. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots.  Plant the seedlings out into their final position in summer.

Our plants and seeds are of native British origin. 


Bulbs Available for Autumn planting from August to November - click here to see Dormant Bulb Pages


Bulbs 'in the green' available for late Winter/Spring planting from January to April - click here to see 'In the Green' Pages


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