Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 18 inches
Blooms: May – June
Suggested Uses: Wild Garlic is a unique wildflower that grows in a wide variety of settings; from woodlands to bluffs to shorelines and to fields and pastures. It will grow in light shade in woodland settings. Seeds are often not viable.
Native Range: U.S.: Native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada. Minnesota: Native to southern Minnesota, with a few outliers in northern parts of the state.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Flowers: Flowers are star-shaped and are arranged in an umbel. Reddish bulbils form at the base of the umbel. Flower stalks are round. Rarely produces seed in Minnesota.
Leaves: Rosette of basal leaves, linear, erect and flat.
Food Uses: Edible native. Leaves can be used like chives and bulbs can be boiled or sauteed. This plant should be consumed in moderation, if at all, as it may be slightly toxic.
More Info: High deer resistance. However, wild turkeys eat the bulbs and leaves!
Other names: Meadow Garlic
More information: USDA plant profile