Allium senescens

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Allium senescens, commonly called aging chive,[1] 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 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]


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