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PlantFiles: Leek
Allium porrum 'Giant Musselburg'

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: porrum (POH-rum) (Info)
Cultivar: Giant Musselburg
Additional cultivar information: (aka Giant Musselburgh)
Registered or introduced: 1834

Synonym:Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lehua_mc On May 10, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

So, a little known fact about Leeks is that they are *perennial*. I planted mine in an ornamental bed expecting to have food the first fall & winter with flowers the second year. I did allow them to grow too close together (pay attention to the spacing recommendations!), so their roots knit a fast bond in the soil. I had to use a hori-hori knife to cut them out! Everyone thought I was harvesting the plants for too long, and the conventional knowledge was that I should have thrown them to the compost heap much earlier. Well, I just kept an eye on them, and stopped harvesting only when they showed signs of sending up a vertical flower stalk. Apparently they will die back in fall after they flower, but then come back as an edible crop year after year if I don't pull out the roots, propagating themselves much as a bulb can! The multi-year experiment is on.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 1, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Enormous size, 9-15" long by 2-3" in diameter. Good buncher; 80-150 days from transplant.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 27, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Introduced in 1834, this popular Scottish leek is known for its large, fat, tender stalks, mild flavor, and overwintering capabilities. It does well in the North or South.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clovis, California
Sun City, California
Portland, Oregon
Wilsonville, Oregon
Fabens, Texas

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