Contains only one genus Allium (Milula is merged with Allium in the latest systems).

Confined to the Northern hemisphere (North America, North Africa, Europe and Asia)Characterised by simple or prolific bulbs, sometimes with lateral rhizomes.

Leaf sheaths long, tepals free and corona absent. Spathe formed from 2–5 bracts. Style position apical relative to ovary. Ovary usually has two, four or numerous ovules per locule in two longitudinal rows. One genus and over 500 species. Distributed over all the Northern hemisphere.

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