Few-flowered Garlic - Allium paradoxum

Description

Flowers are white, in simple umbels, frequently with bulbils between the flowers, or sometimes completely replacing them. All parts of the plant smell of onions or garlic.

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Habitat

Found in a wide variety of, usually ungrazed, situations such as river-banks, roadsides, field margins, other rough and waste ground, and in woodland. It can be very invasive in disturbed habitats.

When to see it

In flower during April and May.

Life History

A bulbous perennial herb, spreading by means of bulbils.

UK Status

It is increasingly abundant throughout its range, especially in S. Scotland. Its predominantly eastern distribution contrasts with that of A. triquetrum.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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