Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Rosy Garlic

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Rosy Garlic. 

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Rosy Garlic. 

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Rosy Garlic - Allium Roseum.

Rosy Garlic is found on St Martins, along the road from Higher Town to Lower Town, and on St Mary's where it is more an inland than coastal plant. It has been known on the islands since 1939 when spotted by a botanist called Lousley. It was grown as a crop at Borough Farm in 2013.

The botanical name, Allium Roseum, means the Latin for garlic and the celtic for pungent or burning that is a rosy colour.

It is edible, as a garlic substitute. It is claimed that if you have a problem with squirrels, moles or deer all you have to do is plant Rosy Garlic in your garden and they will leave your tulips in peace.

The juice of the plant can be used as a moth repellent. Presumably pop a pot into your wardrobe and hope no one comments on your new perfume.

It's definitely one to look out for as you stroll around St Mary's or when walking on St Martins from Higher Town towards the pub or the hotel.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am