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Allium tuberosum  Rottler ex Spreng.


Botanical Name


Allium tuberosum Rottler ex Spreng.

English Name


Garlic chives, Chinese chives, Chinese leeks



Allium uliginosum G. Don, Allium senescens Miq., Allium odorum auct. non L.





General Info


A perennial herb forming dense clumps, and growing up to 50 cm tall. Bulb is indistinct, narrowly ovoid, about 2 cm x 1.5 cm. Leaves 4-9, blades flat above, slightly keeled below; Scape 1, compressed, solid. Inflorescence many-flowered, without bulbils. Flowers have white tepals, stamens and style about as long as tepals. Fruits are 5-6 mm in diameter. Seeds are 3-4 mm long.

Herb Effects

Antibacterial, cardiac, depurative, digestive, stimulant, anti-emetic, stomachic and tonic (plant); antiseptic and vulnerary (leaves and bulbs); as antiseptic mouthwash, carminative and stomachic (seeds).


PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation
Plants For A Future database



Medicinal Use

Used against tumours and intestinal disorders, to treat pulmonary infections, fatigue, urinary incontinence, kidney and bladder weaknesses (plant); against toothache and to treat spermatorrhoea (seeds); applied to bites, cuts and wounds (leaves and bulbs).


Wang CY, Shi J, Gui SY, Wang SJ. Study on the effect of extract of Chinese chive seed in warming kidney and enhancing yang. Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2005 Jul;30(13):1017-8.



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