Allium senescens

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German garlic
Allium senescens.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. senescens
Binomial name
Allium senescens
  • A. s. subsp. montanum
  • A. s. subsp. senescens
List source: [2]

Allium senescens, commonly called aging chive,[3] German garlic, or broadleaf chives,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the genus Allium (which includes all the ornamental and culinary onions and garlic).


A bulbous herbaceous perennial, it produces up to 30 pink flowers in characteristic allium umbels in the mid to late summer and grows 8–40 inches (20–102 cm) in height. The foliage is thin and straplike.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[4]


Two subspecies have been named:[2]


Allium senescens is native to northern Europe and Asia, from Siberia to Korea. It has been introduced and naturalized in some parts of Europe, including the Czech Republic and former Yugoslavia.[5]


Allium senescens is grown for its ornamental and as a gene source because of its tertiary genetic relationship to A. cepa (the common onion).[2]


  1. ^  Allium senescens was first described and published in Species Plantarum 1: 299-300. 1753. "Name - Allium senescens L". Tropicos. Saint Louis, Missouri: Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d  "Allium senescens". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Allium senescens". Royal Horticultural Society. 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Allium senescens". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 

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