Herb latin name: Allium przewalskianum
Family: Alliaceae (Onion Family)
Medicinal use of Allium przewalskianum:Although no specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Steppes to 4800 metres. Scrub, dry slopes, plains and rock crevices at elevations of 2000 - 4800 metres.
Edible parts of Allium przewalskianum:Bulb - raw or cooked. A very pleasant onion flavour, though rather on the small size and scarcely exceeding 10mm in diameter. Harvested in the autumn, they will store for at least 6 month. Leaves - raw or cooked. Tender and delicious. The leaves are rather on the small and thin side, but have an excellent onion favour. They make a nice refreshing munch when working in the garden and also go very well in salads. They can be harvested from spring until the autumn. Flowers - raw. A pleasant onion flavour, they are used as a garnish on salads.
Other uses of the herb:The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.
Propagation of Allium przewalskianum: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Steppes to 4800 metres. Scrub, dry slopes, plains and rock crevices at elevations of 2000 - 4800 metres.
Known hazards of Allium przewalskianum:Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.