How to Grow Allium moly Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Golden Garlic / Yellow Garlic Jeannine

Allium moly is an ornamental onion plant from the Alliaceae family.

It also goes by the names Lily-leek, Golden Garlic, Golden Onion, and Sorcerers Garlic.

This ornamental plant is typically grown as a border or as ground cover in a garden, for visual interest in a container, or for use as a butterfly attractant.

Yellow garlic jeannine
en el Jard?n Bot?nnico de Madrid: allium moly photograph by Manuel.

It also gives color to a rock garden and is perfect for display as cut flowers, both fresh and dried.

Plants carry yellow ½ inch (1.25 cm) star-shaped flowers that are gathered in loose clusters; and blue-green, tulip-like basal leaves that grow about 2 inches (5 cm) wide and 12 inches long (30 cm).

Plants bloom in late spring to early summer, and these last well into the summer months.

Gardener's HQ Allium moly Growing Guide

Allium moly grows best in hardiness zones 3 to 9, and should be planted in fall in order to take advantage of the warm-cool-warm cycle it requires for successful growth.

Planting in the fall also gives the plant enough time to develop roots before winter hits.

Plants do well in full sun to partial shade, but in climates where the summers are hotter, it should be planted in a location shaded from the strength of the afternoon sun.

It grows best in sandy soils that are rich in organic matter.

Allium moly requires a medium amount of water per week but is otherwise low-maintenance.

The plant reproduces by self-seeding and producing offsets.

While it does not spread aggressively, it can quickly fill an area if given the proper growing conditions. To prevent this spread, deadhead the flowers before seeds set.

Allium moly Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Allium moly
  • Common Name: Yellow Garlic Jeannine, Yellow Garlic, Golden Garlic, Lily Leek.
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 9; UK hardiness H6 (to -20°C).
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Herbaceous, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 6 to 9
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 6 to 9
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Flower Details: Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Adaptable, Loamy, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: fast

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance:
  • Propagation: Divide clumps in early spring; remove bulbous offsets in autumn
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Susceptible to onion fly
  • Diseases: Mainly trouble free, Onion white rot and downy mildew

Further Information

  • Can Attract: Low
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Black Walnut
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, En masse , Rock garden, Woodland garden
  • Family: Amaryllidaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Agapanthus.

  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for dried flowers
  • Genus Detail: Allium
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Allium Moly. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Crinum and Nerine plants.