Allium subhirsutum

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Hairy garlic
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
A. subhirsutum
Binomial name
Allium subhirsutum
Species synonymy
  • Allium album F.Delaroche
  • Allium brachystemon Redouté
  • Allium ciliare F.Delaroche
  • Allium ciliatum Cirillo
  • Allium clusianum Retz. ex Willd.
  • Allium graminifolium Loisel. 1806, illegitimate homonym not Pers. 1805
  • Allium graminifolium Buch 1816, illegitimate homonym not Pers. 1805
  • Allium hirsutum Lam. 1779, illegitimate superfluous name
  • Allium hirsutum Zucc. 1843, illegitimate homonym not Lam. 1779
  • Allium loiseleurii (Rouy) D.Prain
  • Allium niveum Roth
  • Allium subhirsutum subsp. ciliare (F.Delaroche) Maire & Weiller
  • Allium subhirsutum var. ciliatum (Cirillo) Briq.
  • Allium subhirsutum subsp. ciliatum (Cirillo) Holmboe
  • Allium subhirsutum var. corbariense Timb.-Lagr. ex Nyman
  • Allium subhirsutum var. hellenicum Hausskn.
  • Allium subvillosum var. clusianum (Retz. ex Willd.) Nyman
  • Allium tinei C.Presl
  • Iulus niveum (Roth) Salisb.
  • Iulus subhirsutum (L.) Salisb.
  • Kalabotis clusianum (Retz. ex Willd.) Raf.

Allium subhirsutum, the hairy garlic,[3] is a plant species widespread around the Mediterranean region from Spain and the Canary Islands to Turkey and Palestine.[1][4]

Allium subhirsutum is a perennial herb up to 50 cm tall. Leaves are long, up to 15 mm across, tapering toward the tip, with hairs along the margins (hence the name "hairy garlic"). The umbel contains only a few flowers, white with thin pink midveins.[5][6][7]


Allium subhirsutum is edible and sometimes cultivated in kitchen gardens. Bulbs can be eaten cooked or in salads. There are however a few reports of toxicity when consumed in large quantities.[8][9]

  1. Allium subhirsutum subsp. obtusitepalum (Svent.) G.Kunkel - Alegranza Island in Canary Islands
  2. Allium subhirsutum subsp. subhirsutum - from Spain and Morocco to Turkey and Palestine.
formerly included[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ a b The Plant List
  3. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Aglio pelosetto, hairy garlic, Allium subhirsutum
  5. ^ "Fleurs du Sud, Méditerranée et Montagne, Allium subhirsutum". Archived from the original on 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ Linnaeus, Carl. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 295.
  7. ^ Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel. 1837. Flora Telluriana 2: 19, Kalabotis clusianum
  8. ^ Plants for a Future
  9. ^ Bailey, L.H. & E.Z. Bailey. 1976. Hortus Third i–xiv, 1–1290. MacMillan, New York.