Few-flowered garlic

Allium paradoxum

Overview

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Allium paradoxum - Few-flowered garlic
Description
  • Few-flowered garlic is a bulbous, perennial herb with a strong onion smell. Its stems are triangular in cross section. Its inflorescence consist of many yellow bulbils; if any, white flowers appear in April and May.
  • It is found in disturbed habitats, woods, rough ground, roadsides, and riverbanks.

Origin and Worldwide Distribution
  • It is native to the Caucasus and Iran.
  • It is also found in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as many European countries where it is deemed as invasive.

Potential or Known Impacts
  • It can spread vegetatively through its bulbils, as seeds are rare and may not be viable. Due to this adaptation, it can outcompete native flora.

How did it get here?
  • It was introduced as part of the horticulture trade, and has spread from gardens.

Is it found in Ireland or Northern Ireland?
  • It is found in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

You can help by reporting any sightings:
Methods for Prevention
  • Ensure that it is not spread from already invaded areas.
  • Do not pick flowers or bulbils, or use infested as this may transport them over large distances.
  • Report all sightings.
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