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Allium ampeloprasum
(sold as elephant garlic)

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Common names: ELEPHANT GARLIC, GARLIC, KURRAT

Native to: Channel Island, Ireland, Southwestern England

Plant

Types: annual, biennial

Forms: arching, erect, tufted

Max height: 4 feet

Max width: 3.3 feet

Flower

white/off white

Leaf

green

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Edibles: herb, vegetable

Exposure: sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: average

USDA Zones: zone 3 -40 f, zone 4 -30 f, zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: -40 to +40 °F

Water: dry, regular

  • Allium ampeloprasum

There are several varieties of elephant garlic that are sold as bulbs for the home gardener. Even though they share the same scientific name as leeks, they retain a garlic-like structure as they grow rather than becoming elongated as a classic leek.

The blossoms of Allium appeal to any number of butterflies including
Abaeis nicippe
Aglais urticae
Ascia monuste
Euphydryas chalcedona
Euptoieta claudia
Hesperia sassacus
Hylephila phyleus
Junonia coenia 
Nathalis iole
Panoquina panoquin
Papilio glaucus
Papilio xuthus
Pholisora catullus
Piruna pirus
Poanes melane
Poanes zabulon
Vanessa cardui

Edible plants - annuals

This vegetable garden plant can be grown from seed. These seeds can be purchased for use by home gardeners. The varieties on this site have been carefully screened - culled from over 1,000 offerings - and were selected as the best plants for vegetable gardens. There are other varieties, not shown, that are grown by large producers and farmers. Some of the varieties shown, either organic or heirloom, may be grown early in the season, or late, or are vegetables good for containers.We encourage you to take a look online for additional information about this particular variety.