False Garlic - Wild Garlic
Nothoscordum bivalve - (Linnaeus) Britton
Liliaceae (Lily) Family

The plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Its preferred habitat is prairies, roadsides, yards, pinelands and savannas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia range.

The leaves are mostly basal, linear, round or flat, no teeth and no lobes.

The flowers are in an umbel subtended by a spathe. The flowers are yellowish, white or white with a green or purplish mid-rib; bell-shaped. Flowers occur in the spring and a second flowering cycle occurs in autumn.

Fruit is a capsule.

This tiny plant has no onion or garlic odor, rather somewhat like vanilla. It produces a bulb and then small off-set bulblets. In the spring its main bulb sends up early flowers. In the autumn expect a second crop of blooms that arise from the new off-set bulb. It is the second year spring show that says it has arrived as the plant is now twice prolific because both the old bulb and the new express themselves.

This is a native perennial but is not a substitute for the real thing. However, its consumption is harmless and may be eaten raw in a garden salad. If the plants become too abundant on the meadow and is consumed by milking cows, it might add an undesirable flavor to the milk, butter, or flour if the seeds are harvested with wheat.

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