Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

World Boreal Trees

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Allium canadense
Wild Garlic
Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Wild Garlic Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 15 - 45 cm long; flat and narrow, grass-like, originate near the base. Flowers: pink or whitish, star-shaped, 1.3 cm wide; sepals 3, petal-like; petals 3; flowers often replaced by ovoid bulblets, three-parted spathe present beneath cluster.


Introduced from Europe; Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick; west to Minnesota and Wisconsin; in low woods, thickets, meadows.


This wild perennial has an edible bulb that tastes like onion.

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