Nothoscordum bivalve is known by the common names False Garlic, Grace Garlic or Crowpoison and is one of three onion-like species that grows in this area; the others are the Field Garlic (Allium vineale) and the Broadleaf Wild Leek (Allium ampeloprasum). I’ve only seen False Garlic at home where we have a small patch on the ledge immediately above the creek. They don’t bloom successfully every year – in fact this year something nipped the buds - but I did manage to get some photos a couple of years ago.
A patch of developing plants in the woods.
The flower head budding.
Starting to open.
The flower stalks unfolding.
Flower stalks, unfolded a little further.
A freshly opened flower
Nothoscordum bivalve (False Garlic) is native to the southeastern United States.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Nothoscordum bivalve (Crowpoison)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Nothoscordum bivalve
- Southeastern Flora: False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Nothoscordum bivalve
- Missouri Plants: Nothoscordum bivalve
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index