Perennial, bulbous herbs with linear leaves. The family consists of 30 genera and some 700 species, primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. [FNSW]. Alliaceae includes a number of important food plants and culinary herbs. Represented by three ornamental species in the Hortus but a wide range of vegetables belonging to this family were also grown at Camden Park. Certain genera are often included in Amaryllidaceae.