Allium tricoccum, Ramps (Wild Leeks)

Allium tricoccum growing in its natural habitat

Ramps, or Wild Leeks, have become all the rage over the last twenty years, to the point at which you are likely to find them at upmarket grocery stores and cooperatives. There is always the risk that those you buy are harvested in the wild and for those of us who'd rather not worry about such things, well, we consider growing them ourselves. I have yet to see wild ramps being grown in a conventional garden. That is not to say it cannot be done, although matching its natural habitat would be your best bet. We are working on propagating our own with hopes to be able to offer them. If you are interested in Allium tricoccum, reach out, and we will keep you informed as to our progress. 

There are two generally recognized forms of A. tricoccum, the red and the white. The red is, by far, the most commonly found. By some freak of nature, we have very few of the red ramps at Shelterwood. The vast majority are the white-stemmed variety known as var. burdickii. They are listed as endangered in my old state of NY and picking is illegal. I can't say if an inventory has ever been done in Minnesota, but I digress.

Blooms: white, June into July

Height: 6 to 12 inches

Conditions: shade, moist-medium to medium soils

An Allium tricoccum meadow

The red-stemmed variety, Allium tricoccum.