West Highland Flora

Wild Garlic


Allium ursinum

 

Allium ursinum

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Jun 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

Common in woods and shady places, often carpeting the ground in Spring.

Flower diameter c 1.6 cm

ID: Unmistakable in flower.  At other times can be told by leaves, shaped like those shown here and smelling of garlic.

Other features: The broad leaves are completely unlike those of Crow Garlic or any other British Allium species.  Flower-buds at first wrapped in pair of brown papery bracts.  Stem 3-cornered (corners sometimes very rounded)

 

Allium ursinum

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Mar 2004 Portree, Skye

Leaf 4.5 mm wide where exits sheath

  Allium ursinum

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye

Above left: young leaf from rear, and two very young leaves beside it.  Right: leaves carpeting ground in wood.
 

Allium ursinum

Photo Carl Farmer
1 May 2004 Portree, Skye

Lower central flower 14 mm widest diameter


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