The origins of the name have become somewhat of a mystery, there is one hypothosy that derives from the Celtics " all = hot, burning" refering to the taste and rather pungent odour. Probably because of its smell, from some point of view its considered magical, a protectress. It has a very delicate aroma similar to that of the onion, but less pungent and tart and is used to enhance a dish instead of garlic or onion which could give too strong a taste. It has antioxidant, antiseptic and bacterial properties and therefore can be used to make a poultice to cure acne, insect bites, burns and scalds and chapped skin. It us also used as an ornamental plant due to its slender leaves and inflorescencal characteristics.
CultureForm of propagation
Prefers a sunny spotTemperature
Manages well in the coldHumidity
Prefers moderate humidity