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Wild Allium Garlic / Onion ID

 
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Hi folks! I need help identifying this wild Allium. I've been eating these for years. They are beyond delicious! I'm confused because I have a similar plant that develops a small curling scape, with no flower or bulbous but not as tasty. Here are some characteristics - They grow in clumps, early spring, 6 to 12 inches high, no curling scape, no flower or bulbous. Here are some photos. Need more pics or info just ask. Thanks!
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Looks like the wild garlic that is endemic in my area. Are you sure it doesn't grow taller and flower? Maybe later in the season? Down here where the growing season is farther along, the wild garlic in my yard is at the flower bud stage. The flowers are never very big or showy, and by mid summer they will have a cluster of little bulblets at the top of the stalk. When you crush the bulblets, you get the unmistakable smell of garlic, but since they are smaller than a peppercorn, they are hardly worth the trouble.
 
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Hi John. Thanks for the response.
In 15 years I have never seen any flower. I walk through it daily. Each plant has only two leaves. Up in early spring and survives into winter. It grows in a very shaded, short grassy area and spreads slowly. I do have some experience growing allium... thats why I'm so curious, no scape, flower or bulbous. I'll keep a closer eye on them this year. Thanks again.
 
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