I got some perennial leek plants from a friend, who told me they would multiply. Well they did not, but grew into big plants. The following year they flowered, and looked just like your normal ones Richard and produced seeds. After I cut the scapes to fully dry the seedheads (the plants had withered by then, just the stumps left that were the scapes), I got a lot of small plants from the base of every one of these withered scapes. Haven't germinated any of the seeds yet, but hope they are viable. In spring I will separate the clumps of multiplier baby leeks. The friend who shared this perennial leek with me reported that she does not usually get flowers. Don't know why they flowered for me just like normal leeks. I culled flowers on another leek variety and observed that there were no flowers on my perlzwiebel either. Don't think they cross with hollow leafed onions or shallots. I had a few strands of 'leek grass' in the seedheads, but nothing like your WTF seedhead. Now that is truly amazing!
Fascinating, yes that makes sense if its not growing it natural envelopment as that article points out it wont. That reminds me of some of the perennial brassica's, they will only reproduce in only benign climates.
galina i wonder why you friend doesn't get flowers on hers? seems odd.
Yes it does. I have now a nice pot of seedlings ready for pricking out, so not only did they produce seeds, but that seed germinated like any other leek seed. And I am hoping for normal (but multiplying) leek plants from those seeds.
The parent plants have produced quite a nice number of babies for replanting too. So both sexual and asexual reproduction are going fine with these leeks.
Update on my multiplying leeks. Grown not here but in continental Europe, they survived winter weather down to -20C last winter! Not bad for a UK coastal plant. Here in Britain their winter survival is always secure, even well inland where winters are much colder than along the coast.
The latest from the WTF department. Have not seen my perennial leeks produce a scape like this before, looks to have bulbils though which maybe worth growing on.
Oh yes, my Perlzwiebel Minogue has produced flowers that have now both seeds and tiny bulbils in them! Not seen this before ever, well they rarely flower in the first place. WTF indeed. Need to grow on to see whether this is a cross with a walking onion (of which there were plenty growing near the Minogue) or whether this is just another way that this plant can express itself. After all, my leeks grown for seed often have tiny bulbils hiding in the seed heads, more so if the flowering happened during sustained rainy weather.
richardw Glad you had the same. Did you plant the bulbils and what happened?