Allium spirale

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Allium spirale
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
A. spirale
Binomial name
Allium spirale
  • Allium canescens Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Allium longicaule Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Allium senescens Ker Gawl. 1808, illegitimate homonym not L. 1753 nor Miq. 1867 nor Host 1827 nor Suter 1802 nor Thunb. 1784
  • Allium spurium Schult. & Schult.f. 1830, illegitimate homonym not G. Don 1827
  • Allium trisulcum Schult. & Schult.f.

Allium spirale, also known as Korean aging chive,[2] is a plant species native to Korea, Primorye, and parts of China.[3][4] It is cultivated in many other regions and has for some reason obtained the common name German garlic.[5] Other common names include spiral onion, corkscrew onion, and curly chives.[6]

Allium spirale forms a cluster of narrow bulbs up to 15 mm in diameter. Scape is up to 40 cm tall. Leaves are flat, long and narrow, shorter than the scape but only about 5 mm across, generally twisted in a helical fashion. Umbel is hemispheric, densely crowded with many flowers. Tepals pink with a dark red midvein.[3][7][8] It


Allium spirale typically grows on dry slopes, loess, steppes, and places with significant amounts of sand, gravel or stone.[3]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ English Names for Korean Native Plants (PDF). Pocheon: Korea National Arboretum. 2015. p. 348. ISBN 978-89-97450-98-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2016 – via Korea Forest Service.
  3. ^ a b c Xu, Jiemei & Kamelin, Rudolf V. "Allium spirale". In Wu, Zhengyi; Raven, Peter H. & Hong, Deyuan (eds.). Flora of China (online). Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ CHOI, H. J. and OH, B. U. (2011), A partial revision of Allium (Amaryllidaceae) in Korea and north-eastern China. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 167: 153–211. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01166.x
  5. ^ Dave's Garden Plant Files, Allium spirale
  6. ^ Agroatlas, Interactive Agricultural Ecological Atlas of Russia and Neighboring Countries, Allium spirale
  7. ^ Willdenow, Carl Ludwig von. 1814. Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Botanici Berolinensis 17.
  8. ^ Kharkevich SS., ed. 1987. Vascular plants of the Soviet Far East. V.2. Leningrad: Nauka. 446 p.