The victory onion is a wild onion relative that grows in the mountains, especially in the Alps, but also in the Caucasus.
In the past, the victory onion was considered a magical plant. The cover of the bulb was supposed to protect against evil spirits, like a chain mail, also called armour.
Alpine leek, Alpine broad-leaf allium.
Plant parts used
Stem & Leaf.
Sulphurous essential oil.
Main use: Spring cure.
- Blood purifying
- Minor burns
Forms of preparation
A tincture from the leaves of the plant can be used as a spring cure to cleanse the blood.
L. Sp. Pl. 1: 295. 1753
Allium victorialis, commonly known as victory onion, Alpine leek, and Alpine broad-leaf allium is a broad-leaved Eurasian species of wild onion. It is a perennial of the Amaryllis family that occurs widely in mountainous regions of Europe and parts of Asia (Caucasus and Himalayas).
Some authors consider certain East Asian and Alaskan populations as constituting subspecies platyphyllum within the species Allium victorialis. Recent sources recognize this group as a distinct species, called Allium ochotense.