Plant A Day – Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic Allium vineale

Wild Garlic
Allium vineale

Wild Garlic, also known as Field Garlic, is a non-native species of Allium that looks somewhat like Meadow Garlic (Allium canadense).  The main difference is the flowers.

This is an edible plant, similar to cultivated garlic (Allium sativum), but stronger in taste.  It can be invasive in pastures and farm fields.  If the dairy cows eat them, the milk can taste garlicky.  If they get harvested along with wheat, then the resulting flower can taste garlicky.  I guess the Italians wouldn’t mind this, but Midwesterners frown upon it and try to get rid of the plant.

In the late spring they get these spiky looking things

In the late spring they get these spiky looking things

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Flowers forming

Flowers forming

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