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Allium sativum (family Liliaceae), its bulb contains up to 0.9% of volatile irritating oil with antiseptic action; has been used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and expectorant.
Synonym(s): garlic


a genus of plants belonging to the Liliaceae family; contain N-propyl-disulfide. A constant heavy diet of many species causes severe hemolytic anemia. Includes A. ameloprasm (wild onion), A. canadense (wild onion), A. cepa (cultivated onion), A. sativum (garlic), A. schoenprasm (chives), A. triquetrum (three-cornered garlic), A. ursinum (wild garlic), A. validum (wild onion), A. vineale (false garlic).
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Certain alliums are also used as indicators of changing seasons and are prized for their unique flavors and textures, like ramps, spring onions, and garlic scapes.
This experimental study was conducted to assess the antibacterial activity of Allium cepa extract and vancomycin on Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis.
Beans of all kinds - are of benefit to corn, squash, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, carrots, Brassicas, radish, strawberries and beetroot but do not want the company of sunflowers, alliums, tomatoes, capsicums and aubergines.
Or send cheques/POs, payable to Eastfields Nursery, to People Alliums Offer, Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding PE12 8SG.
Crocosmia blend in well with a combination of grasses and flowers and will provide colour long after the alliums have faded but are still providing architectural interest as their round seedheads remain.
The couple arranged 15 allium varieties in ascending order, by height, and planted the bulbs through x's cut in the fabric.
Garlic, onions, and other allium family members can't distinguish between selenium and sulfur, so gardeners can fool plants into taking up selenium by fertilizing with it, Ip said at AACR.
The company, OSO Sweet Onions, has harvested these delicious alliums in the mountains of South America since 1989.
Brian Murtagh, by email CAROL: Like all onions, alliums love living in the ground.
Brian Murtagh - Brian Murtagh ALIKE all onions, alliums love living in the ground.
Brian Murtagh - Brian Murtagh ALIKE ALIKE all onions, alliums love living in the ground.