Pollinators love these purple blossoms! You can expect your mouse garlic to bloom beautifully in the late spring or early summer!
Mouse garlic is an evergreen bulb that grows to about half a metre in height. The roots, leaves and flowers of this plant are all edible. The bulbs can be eaten raw or cooked and preserved for winter by salting. These slightly bitter leaves are edible raw or cooked and the flowers can be placed raw onto salad as a garnish.
This plant prefers well drained soil but is suitable for all sandy, loamy and clay soils. The bulbs should be planted pretty deeply. It can grow in semi-shade or no shade and no shade and likes moist soil for growth. Sow these seeds in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough, place the seedlings into individual pots, or three per pot if you’d like to produce clumps at a quicker rate. These seedlings will then need to be placed in a greenhouse until they are large enough to survive outdoors, when they can be moved to their permanent location.
This allium contains sulphur compounds which can reduce blood cholesterol when eaten regularly. If you juice this plant, it may help repel moths.
This plant should be sowed beside roses, carrots, beets and chamomile. However, they are not optimal to grow beside legumes or alfalfa.
Warning: may be toxic to dogs when consumed in large quantities.