The name allium comes from the Latin word for "onion," and if you bruise the leaves of these "flowering onions" you will immediately know why they earned this name. The fragrance of the blossoms can be quite pleasing.
According to Howmer, this lily leek or golden garlic possessed magical qualities. It was the plant that kept Ulysses from being turned into a pig.
Pliny, a Roman statesman, considered allium an exceedingly precious plant becasue its supposed poweres as a charm and as protection from charms.