Wild Leek

Wild Leek

Botanical Name: Allium tricocum

En Français: Oignon sauvage


Allium tricoccum (commonly known as ramp, ramson, wild leek, or wood leek) is a North American species of wild onion widespread across eastern Canada

They are one of the earliest wild edible plants to emerge in spring. Historically ramps were regarded as a spring tonic and early settlers relied on their restorative qualities after a long winter.

The leaves and bulbs are edible raw or cooked. Depending on the geographic area you are foraging in, it is highly recommended to only harvest one leaf per plant due to the 7-year growth cycle.

Other Characteristics

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Sun/Shade: Shade

Planting and Care Considerations

They grow happily in the rich and moist shaded soil under hardwoods (deciduous) trees. Although they may be slow to grow, they transplant very well and have a high success rate from seed (Though the seed will lay dormant for 2 years before sprouting).

Trout lilly, Dutchman's breeches, spring beauty, trout lily, wild geranium, hepatica, Mayapple, Solomon's seal, bloodroot and other spring flowers common in maple, basswood, red and white oak woods.

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Water: Medium

Best Soil: 

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