Wild garlic (Allium vineale) is a perennial bulb plant that reproduces from seed, aerial bulblets and underground bulblets. It forms greenish white flowers in June that form dark black, hard seeds. It can become a weed in turfgrass and beds and borders.

Since it spreads by bulblets and, to a lesser degree by seeds, it may be spread with soil that is moved around the landscape. Herbicides are not very effective and the best way to control it may be to dig it up and discard the bulbs. If one part of the bulb is left in the ground, a new plant will develop, so it may take several seasons of persistent digging to get this plant under control.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

 

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