Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum – the Wild Leeks of the Cymry?
Wild Leek Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum is the wild crop relative of one of the national emblems of Wales, the domesticated A. ampeloprasum var. porrum. In 1987, a small population of Wild Leek was found on Holy Island, Anglesey, but was thought to ‘have no appearance of being indigenous in this locality’. Robbie Blackhall-Miles argues that the historical context of the site was not considered and reviews past events, describing the cultural significance of Wild Leek and why this species should be conserved.
On the side of a lane at Ty Mawr Farm, not far from South Stack on Holy Island, Anglesey, is a small population of Wild Leek Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum. Plants of this variety were first formally noted at this spot in the early 1970s by Mr D. B. Hornby, the exact date of discovery being uncertain (Roberts & Day 1987).