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 perennial plant in the genus Allium.


It produces up to 30 pink flowers in characteristic allium umbels in the mid to late summer and grows to between 8" and 40" in height. The foliage is thin, and strap like.


Two subspecies have been named:[2]


Allium senescens is indigenous to middle, eastern, southeastern, and southwestern Europe (in Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and the former Yugoslavia); Eurasia (in the Ukraine and much of Russia, including Siberia, Amur, Buryatia, Chita, Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Primorsky Krai, and Tuva); and Asia (in Kazakhstan, Korea, Mongolia and China, including the provinces of Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, and northern Xinjiang).[2] Elsewhere it is also deliberately planted and cultivated for garden use.[2]


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 e f  GRIN (June 11, 2009). "Allium senescens information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. 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. Retrieved 17 December 2016 – via Korea Forest Service. 

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