The majority of members are used as food components; however some species are even cultivated to serve as floral decorative border plants.
Allium as a Food
Having about 1250 species Allium includes a lot of ornamental and food plants. Among popular food plants of Allium are such vegetables as onions, leeks, shallots and herbs of garlic and chives. The majority of people who have their own kitchen-gardens grow onions and leeks, garlic, shallots and chives.
Some of humans even may like to grow garlic chives, tree onions, and everlasting onions, welsh onions and the like. All the above-mentioned vegetables, herbs and many others make up the genus Allius having an important place in the food garden.
Distinguished by their bright and colorful flowers along with "architectural" characteristics some Allium members are widely cultivated and utilized as border and ornamental plants. Such plants can be met in the flower gardens as well.
Thus, for this purpose some Allium hybrids have been bred with flowers of various shades purple color. The well known hybrid is called Allium hollandicum; it is commonly known as ‘Purple Sensation'. The breeders of this plant have got an Award of Garden Merit.