Wild Leek (Allium tricoccum)
Wild Leeks are renowned for their edible, strap-like leaves which unfurl from a burgundy stem in early spring. The pungent foliage dies back as the flower stalk emerges. Throughout June and July, buds burst out of their papery confines and open to reveal creamy-white flowers that bloom in a bountiful, domed cluster. Provides welcome pops of brightness in the shade garden after most ephemerals are spent. As the summer months progress, the blossoms dry and showcase pearly black seeds. This seedhead will often persist throughout the fall and winter months.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
Height - 8 inches
Bloom Time - June, July
Bloom Color - White
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon.