'Shades of Belgian Blue' Leek
Origin: Philomath, Oregon
Improvement status: Breeding population
Seeds per packet: ~120
Germination tested 12/2022: 85%
Life cycle: Perennial
From Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon. Selected from his Belgian Breeders Mix, this is a broadleaf blue-blushed winter leek selected especially for resistance to rust, which seems to be an increasing problem in both leek and garlic in Oregon. There is still plenty of genetic diversity for further selection in your own location, but this population has a strong expression of blue (to purple) pigments, with thick to medium shafts well wrapped for blanching.
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