Crow Garlic - Allium vineale

Alternative names
Wild Onion

Medium to tall plant to 1.2 metres. Leaves 2 to 4 in number, grooved, subcylindrical, hollow and sheathing the lower half of the stem. Spathe 1 valved, beaked, shorter than the umbel, soon falling. Flowers pink to red or greenish white, bell shaped, 2 to 4.5 mm long, long stalked in lax umbel, often mixed with bulbils, stamens generally more or less protruding.

Identification difficulty

Dry grassy or rocky habitats.

When to see it

Flowering June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales, more local elsewhere in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 9 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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