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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