|Inflorescence of Allium roseum, blooming in Brest, France|
Allium roseum, commonly called rosy garlic, is an edible, Old World species of garlic native to much of Europe and the Mediterranean region, northern Africa, and western Asia, but widely naturalized outside this range.
The smell and flavour of the bulb is powerful enough to drive squirrels and browsing deer away from gardens, where they are planted as ornamental flowers. For this reason, they are suitable as companion plants to tulips and the like.
Allium roseum is native to the Mediterranean Basin. It is known from Portugal, Spain, France, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, mainland Italy, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Morocco, Algeria, and the former Yugoslavia. It has been introduced to many other parts of the world and become naturalised in several places, including Great Britain, the Canary Islands, Madeira, South Australia and New Zealand.
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- Media related to Allium roseum at Wikimedia Commons
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