Allium paradoxum (Few-flowered Garlic)


Summary Information


A bulbous perennial herb, spreading by means of bulbils in a wide variety of, usually ungrazed, situations such as river-banks, roadsides, field margins, other rough and waste ground, and in woodland. Generally lowland, but reaching 375 m at Carter Bar (Roxburghs.).



World Distribution

Native of the Caucasus and Iran.


Photos Information


Habitats Information

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland
Boundary and linear features (eg hedges, roadsides, walls)

Light (Ellenberg): 6 Information

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5 Information

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5 Information

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7 Information

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1 Information

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.2 Information

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.1 Information

Annual Precipitation (mm): 810 Information

Life Form

Life Form Information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary


Perennation - secondary

Life Form - primary

Bulbous geophyte

Life Form - secondary



Clonality - primary

Tuberous or bulbous, slowing cloning by offsets

Clonality - secondary

Detaching ramets on inflorescence

Comment on Clonality

Production of offsets by analogy with A. triquetrum; needs confirmation


Distribution Information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 316

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 10

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 1.83

Weighted Changed Factor: 51

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Conservation Status

Conservation Status Information

Plantatt Conservation Status

Other Accounts

Other Accounts Information


References Information

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections.
A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (327a)
Oswald P [H ].  1993.  Native and naturalised garlics in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Nature in Cambridgeshire. 35:67-75.