Allium carinatum, the keeled garlic or witch's garlic, is a perennial plant up to 60 cm tall. It is widespread across central and southern Europe, with some populations in Asiatic Turkey. It is cultivated in many places as an ornamental and also for its potently aromatic bulbs used as a food flavoring.
Numerous botanical names have been coined within the species at the varietal level, but only two are recognized:
- Allium carinatum subsp. carinatum - most of species range
- Allium carinatum subsp. pulchellum (G.Don) Bonnier & Layens - central Europe + Balkans
Allium carinatum produces a single small bulb rarely more than 15 mm long, flat leaves, and an umbel of purple to reddish-purple flowers. The flowers are on long pedicels and often nodding (hanging downwards).
- 1796 painting, Figure 38 from Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen at http://www.biolib.de Author Johann Georg Sturm, Painted by Jacob Sturm; published by Kurt Stüber
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