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Ramp (Allium tricoccum Aiton)

Also known as wild leek.

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Range - Expand

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Native
Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

Uses

This species is not only edible, but considered very tasty, and widely consumed in some parts of the U.S. Unfortunately, there are very few growers of it, and nearly all the demand is met from wild harvesting, much of which is carried out unsustainably, in ways that both threaten the population of this species, and disrupt ecosystems in other ways, including exposing the soil and spreading invasive plants.

A less common plant, Allium burdickii, or narrowleaf wild leek, is sometimes treated as a subspecies of this species, and sometimes as a species of its own.

Numerous other Allium species, including both native and introduced varieties, overlap with this one in range, but they usually occur in sunnier habitats.

Notes

This plant prefers similar conditions to those in which the invasive plant garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) thrives, and is one of the many species negatively affected by that plant's spread.

Allium tricoccum (Wild Leek) | Illinois Wildflowers (About This Site)

Allium tricoccum (Ramp) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Allium tricoccum | Go Botany (About This Site)

Allium tricoccum | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)