New England Wild Flower Society

Allium tricoccum

ramps, wild leek

There is a fair argument for this plant being one of the tastiest plants in the world and many people grow it specifically for that reason. We should be clear when we mention "grow" this plant as it is also quite rare in New England and as much as we would recommend tasting cultivated plants this is not one that can be foraged in a sustainable manner in most of Eastern New England. An ephemeral species that produces thick leaves in the early season, the flowers emerge as the leaves are starting to go dormant and by the time the plant is in full bloom the leaves are almost entirely gone.

Height: 6-12 in
Spread: 6-8 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Bloom Color: White

Characteristics & Attributes

Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes

North American Distribution