Botanical name: Nothoscordum gracile Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Allium gracile, Maligia gracilis, Milla macrostemon var. gracilis
False Garlic is a perennial herb with white flowers and long narrow grass-like leaves, which is found in SE Mexico to South America. Flowers are borne in umbels 10-20-flowered, often asymmetrical, up to 5 cm diameter; bracts persistent, 2, 1.2-2 cm x 5-8 mm, bases fused, overlapping, margins scarious. Flowers are fragrant, tepals white above with pink midvein and greenish bases, inverted-lanceshaped, 9-15 x 4 mm, tip blunt; filaments simple, adnate to tepals, 7-10 mm; anthers dark brown It grows in grasslands and spreads via seed and underground bulblets. Seeds are dispersed via wind, water and dumped garden waste. It is highly invasive and difficult to control. The bulb is sometimes gathered from the wild and used as a substitute for garlic. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
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