Identify Three-Cornered Leek


Three Cornered Leek/ Spring / Summer/ Edible

Common Names
Three cornered leek/ Snowbell

Botanical Name
Allium triquetrum

Known Hazards
Has known to be toxic to some animals including dogs

Could be confused with
Bluebells, other wild Alliums such as few flowered leek

Range and Distribution
Fairly common throughout the UK and Europe. 

Habitat
Woodland garden in dappled shade, shady edges of woods  and  hedgerows. 

Physical Characteristics
A small bulb growing into long thin waxy leaves which have a triangular shaped vein running down the centre. It has bell like flowers, each flower with 6 white petals that have a green stripe down the middle. When crushed this plant has a pleasant oniony smell and a wonderful mild onion flavour. 

Edible Use
The whole of the plant is edible, the leaves, stems and flowers are great in salads, or a replacement for onions or leeks in any dish. The roots are edible but the flavour is similar to the rest of the plant so by eating the roots you’re reducing how much will return the following year. 

Herbal
They contain sulphur which can help reduce cholesterol.

Miscellaneous
Three cornered leek can often be found growing in with bluebells, so check for the triangle shaped vein on each leaf you harvest.

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