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Lily Leek

Spring-Flowering Bulb, Summer and Fall-Flowering Bulb

Also known as Golden Garlic
Allium moly
Alliaceae Family

Lily Leek quickly forms dense clumps of foot-tall leek-like grayish blue-green foliage. Clusters of half-inch wide yellow flowers rise to about an equal height in late spring or early summer, making a lovely addition to naturalized areas.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
  • tolerates low fertility
Prefers fertile, very well-drained soil.

Hardiness zones:

  • 3 to 9
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.5 to 1 feet

Spread: 0.25 to 0.5 feet

Bloom time:

  • late spring
  • early summer

Flower color: yellow

Foliage color:

  • gray-green
  • blue-green

Grayish blue-green.

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: upright

Leaves borne in pairs. Forms clumps quickly.

Shape in flower: flower stalks with sprays of flowers

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • deer resistant
  • aggressive - Quickly forms clumps
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Southern Europe
Special uses:
  • dried flowers
  • naturalistic garden
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed, division or separation - Plant the bulbs 3" to 4" beneath the soil surface in fall.

Divide and replant in fall.

Maintenance and care:
Apply mulch in fall for winter protection.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

Onion fly
White rot
Bulb rot
Purple blotch
Gray mold

'Jeannine': grows up to 16 inches tall with 3-inch-wide umbels of yellow blooms in early summer.