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Three-Cornered Leek

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An invasive species brought over to the UK from the Mediterranean, it is an offence under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales to plant or otherwise cause to grow this species in the wild.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Three-Cornered Leek, Snowbell
Scientific Name Allium triquetrum
Season Start Feb
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Long, thin and green which if looked at in profile is a very shallow ‘V’ shape. The leaf here is showing the underside.

Flowers

Hanging in clusters very much like a white bluebells with six petals, each with a green stripe, and flowers from April to June.

Flower Buds

A lanceolate sheath covering the unopened flower.

Stem

The flower stem is like the leaves but more triangular in profile than the leaves, hence the common name, Three-Cornered Leek.

Habitat

Hedgerows, verges, woodland edges, field edges, waste ground and peoples flower beds.

Possible Confusion

Few-Flowered Garlic, pictured, is very similar but has plain white petals and develops bulbils after the flowers.
Snowdrops, young bluebells, young daffodils or some lilies but none of these smell of garlic or onion.

Smell

Garlic/oniony.

Taste

A bit like spring onion or baby leeks or chives.

Frequency

Fairly uncommon but prolific where established and spreading fast.

Collecting

All of the plant is edible. The young plants can be uprooted when found in profusion and treated as baby leeks or spring onion, the leaves and flowers can be used in salads or the leaves in soups or stews, the more mature onion like roots can be used as onion or garlic.

Medicinal Uses

All the Alliums are good for high blood pressure in varying degrees.

Other Facts

The juice has been reported as being used as a moth and other insect repellent.

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