Allium porrum
Liliaceae, Lily Family
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Numbers 11:5
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
John 6:43

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Annual
Height18 - 36 inches
Soilvariety of soils, provide humus and good drainage
Exposurefull sun
Leavesmedium green, long, monocot, grasslike yet thicker than the other alliums, usually folded over by mid-season
Flowerssingle flower, tear-shaped, opens up to sphere made up of a multitude of petite blossoms, purple or white

Planting Tips

  • prepare soil with plenty of compost for good workability
  • sow seeds in fall for warmer climates or early spring for northern climates
  • leek seeds are slow to sprout, and though they become the most stout of the Alliums, their seedlings are very fine green threads - don't uproot them by accident!

Garden to Table

  • a delicious flavor, a perfect blending of garlic and onion allium cousins
  • enjoy leeks whenever you would use garlic or onion - they are especially wonderful in soups
  • draw your family to the dinner table with the aroma of their saute on the stove!
  • add an understated tastiness to mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables by adding braised leeks
  • leek flowers make a dramatic display in bud vases

Additional Resources

See Blog Posts on Leeks
We learn from the leeks that a complaining attitude about current circumstances will wither relationships instead of grow them.
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
John 6:43

Photo Credits

© Robert Sholl | Dreamstime.com Leeks ready for market
© Kati Molin | Dreamstime.com Growing Leeks
© Grondin Franck Olivier | Dreamstime.com Chopped Leeks
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