Etymology: Allium: Latin for "garlic"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb, onion odor; oval to conical bulb
Leaves: basal, lance-like, flat, 1"-2" wide, found in early spring then disappearing when in flower
Flowers: white, 6-parted, 1/4" wide; inflorescence a 1 1/4" erect, rounded cluster (umbel); blooms June-July
Fruits: capsule with black seeds
Habitat: woods; in rich soil
Conservation Status: Native
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