Leek (Period)

Leek (Period)

The leek is a pungent herb, similar to the onion.  As an heraldic charge, it’s found in the canting arms (Italian porro) of de Poris, mid-15th C. [Triv 273]; but the leek was perhaps better known medievally as the (unofficial) plant-badge of Wales [Scott-Giles, The Romance of Heraldry, p.18].  (Modern heralds have recognized this usage officially.)  The leek is palewise, bulb to base by default.  See also fruit.

Annore Spicer bears:  Argent, a leek within a bordure wavy vert.

Dewi Balch bears:  Per fess argent and vert, a leek counterchanged.

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