Allium vineale

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Flower Colors: purple

Allium vineale L. (wild garlic, onion grass, crow garlic, etc) is native to Europe, northwestern Africa, and the Middle East. This species was introduced in Australia and North America, where it has become a noxious weed. All parts of the plant have a strong garlic odor, which can contaminate milk when this species grows in dairy pastures. Like other potentially weedy onions, flowers are replaced by bulbils. Photos 1-3 by Kathleen Sayce taken in Clatsop County, Oregon at a coastal prairie that spent decades as a dairy and then cattle ranch. Photo 4 by Martin Bohnet shows a wild specimen near Venice, Italy, looking quite similar to the commercially available clone "Hair", while photo 5 shows a plant with a few pale lilac flowers among the bulbils, which is a volunteer in his southern Germany garden.

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