Allium fragrans Vent.
Allium gracile Dryand.
Allium inodorum non L.
Nothoscordum fragrans (Vent.) Kunth
Nothoscordum inodorum (Aiton) Nichols.
Common Name: False Garlic
False garlic is a perennial plant, producing a rosette of leaves about 45cm tall from an underground bulb.
The bulb is sometimes gathered from the wild and used as a substitute for garlic. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
South America - Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico.
Sandy roadsides, woods and cultivated ground in southeastern N. America[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a light sandy soil in a sunny position[
This species reproduces freely when in good growing conditions and has become a weed in some gardens[
The flowers have a rich, sweet lily-like perfume[
Bulb - raw or cooked. A garlic substitute[
], it is used as a spice[
]. The bulb is about 15mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as it ripe[
]. Stored seed germinates freely[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Division of offsets after the leaves die down. Larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out when dormant.
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