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Nothoscordum bivalve

False Garlic, Grace Garlic, Crow Poison

Scientific Name:

Nothoscordum bivalve

Genus:

Nothoscordum

Species Epithet:

bivalve

Common Name:

False Garlic, Grace Garlic, Crow Poison

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, September, October

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Around granite flatrocks, in glades and barrens of various kinds, in open woodlands, and also weedy in fields and along roadsides (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

"An onion-like plant, but generally lacking the odor of onion." Weakley 2015

False Garlic is not in the Allium family but is a lily. The leaves have no onion smell.

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Paynter, Wilmington, March 2012

Flower close up

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Leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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