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Crow Garlic

 A common member of the onion or garlic family growing in bare or sparsely grassed places.


  • Wild Onion: crow garlic

    Post date: Tuesday, 12 January, 2016 - 00:00

    Anyone who has grown onions in their garden will probably recognise this flower immediately, the wispy little florets growing from what appears to be a cluster of seeds; once pollinated they do, indeed, become seeds of course. All the onion (or allium) family have flowers like this and the wild onion (Allium vineale) is no exception. After ramsons, the wild garlic, the wild onion is the most likely member of the family to be encountered in the countryside. It grows in bare or sparsely grassed places and can be a real problem in agricultural settings if it gets established as it can give cereal crops around it the taste and smell of garlic; ready made garlic bread perhaps?

    This is also commonly known as crow garlic, indeed two of my reference books call it that, the other three settle on wild onion. Wikipedia uses wild onions to reference all members of the family that grow wild and uses crow garlic for this particular species. Whilst edible it is not considered suitable for human consumption like cultivated garlic as it is much stronger in flavour and does tend to spread its aroma about!



Common Name Crow Garlic
Alternative Name(s) Wild Onion
Scientific Name Allium vineale
Species Group Onion Family Alliaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Lily family - Liliaceae
Status Occasional
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Globular flower at the top of a single thin stem
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Onion Family Alliaceae