Allium canadense (Wild Garlic) is a very common native plant that is a wild onion or garlic. Legend has it that Chicago was named after the "Wild Onion" or "Wild Garlic".
An adaptable plant for the prairie or savanna in moist to mesic soils, the strappy leaves of Wild Garlic emerge early in the spring. The delicate pink flowers appear in May are held above compact bulblets that mature to reddish brown. A favorite of many bee and wasp species. Wild Garlic can spread readily in small landscapes by offsets and bulblets.
- Sun Exposure Prairie/Savanna
- Soil Conditions Wet Mesic-Mesic
- Height 1-2'
- Flower Color White to Pink
- Flower Time July-August
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