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Crow Poison

Crow Poison 

Other common names:  false garlic, wild garlic, yellow false garlic

Lily Family  - Liliaceae

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Nothoscordum (noth-oh-SKOR-dum)
Species: bivalve (by-VAL-vee)

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Height: 6-12 in.

Category: Bulbs

Bloom Color: White to Near White

Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring

Bloom Period:   All growing season.

Habit:   Crow poison looks much like wild onion but does not have the onion smell.  This early spring flower is one of the first to appear on lawns, meadows, or roadsides throughout much of the country.  Often it blooms again in the fall. It grows from a bulb and looks much like the wild onion, but has fewer and larger flowers on long stems and lacks the onion odor. The leaves are all at the base of the plant, about 1/8 inch wide, but often quite long, 415 inches. The white flowers have 6 petals with a green to brown stripe, and 6 stamens. Individual flowers are - 1 inch across and grow in loose clusters on stalks 816 inches tall.   Crow-Poison is an upright perennial with a white flower about 1 inch in diameter and consists of six petals. The narrow leaves are 4-16 inches long and grow only near the base of the plant. 

Native Habitat: Lawns, disturbed areas, open slopes, roadsides, prairies, and open woodlands.   Found in various soils from sand to clay.   It grows in most soil types and blooms in the spring and the fall.

Note:  This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds.   Suitable for growing in containers.  

Caution: This plant is poisonous and should not be tasted.

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