Where Do Wild Leeks Grow?

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Wild leeks or ramps grow from bulbs and smell like onions. They develop leaves in the spring and grow flowers that bloom after the leaves die. People often collect wild leeks for the edible leaves and bulbs.

Range

  • Wild leeks grow in the eastern regions of North America. In the United States, they grow in most states located to the east of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Alabama.

Habitat

  • A group of wild leek plants usually form scattered patches in the spring. They mainly grow in the forests or deep woods, although sometimes some appear in the city.

Collection

  • No method exists to cultivate wild leeks and professional foragers pick the wild plants in the woods to sell at markets. Because wild leeks reproduce by extending their root system, foragers must only pick a few plants from each patch.

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