Allium vineale

Common Names: Wild garlic, onion grass, crow garlic, stag's garlic
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Garlic genus

The underground bulb is 1 to 2 cm diameter, with a fibrous outer layer. The main stem grows to 30 to 120 cm tall, bearing 2 to 4 leaves and an apical inflorescence 2 to 5 cm diameter comprising a number of small bulbils and none to a few flowers, subtended by a basal bract. The leaves are slender hollow tubes, 15 to 60 cm long and 2 to 4 mm thick, waxy texture, with a groove along the side of the leaf facing the stem. The inflorescence is a tight umbel surrounded by a membranous bract in bud which withers when the flowers open. Each individual flower is stalked and has a pinkish-green perianth 2.5 to 4.5 mm long. There are six tepals, six stamens and a pistil formed from three fused carpels. Mixed with the flowers are several of yellowish-brown bulbils.

All parts of the plant have a strong garlic odor. It imparts a garlic-like flavor and odor on dairy and beef products when grazed by livestock. It is considered a pestilential invasive weed, as grain products may become tainted with a garlic odor or flavor in the presence of aerial bulblets at the time of harvest.

Found growing in waste areas, meadows, lawns, forest edges, roadsides, and other places where weeds are commonly found.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: Green
Edible Notes: While Allium vineale has been suggested as a substitute for garlic, it has an unpleasant aftertaste compared to that of garlic itself.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.