Allium Species, Golden Garlic, Lily Leek

Allium moly

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: moly (MO-lee) (Info)
Synonym:Allium aureum
Synonym:Cepa moly
Synonym:Kalabotis moly


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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Denver, Colorado

Ashton, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Olathe, Kansas

Lexington, Massachusetts

Pinconning, Michigan

Croton On Hudson, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Eugene, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Rapid City, South Dakota

Magna, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

Newport News, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Mountlake Terrace, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 2, 2010, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are in clay soil and they bloom very well, though for only a couple of weeks. Mine do not multiply very fast either and I grow mine in full sun. They get 8" tall. I have had mine for 5 or 6 years.
None of my Alliums have ever self sown.


On Jun 24, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have planted these in both shade and sun and they produce little in the way of flowers. But they produce lots of new little bulbs!

This is the yellow component of the "Mountain Bells Mix" as sold by Breck's.


On Jun 17, 2004, hallowsend from Rawdon, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Performs well in Rawdon, Quebec.


On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun, but appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Best in rich, sandy loams. Plant bulbs in fall. Plants will naturalize by both offsets and self-seeding, and a modest planting of bulbs can colonize an area rather quickly in optimum growing conditions. Not considered invasive however. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread.