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Wild Garlic
Allium canadense

Wild garlic is a versatile, resilient plant. It prefers sunny conditions and can tolerate a wide range of soil and moisture conditions. Disturbing the foliage releases an onion-like smell. It attracts many pollinators, including smaller bees.

USDA symbol: ALCA3

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium, Wet
Bloom ColorPurple, White
Wild Garlic (Wild Garlic<div><em class="small">Allium canadense</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)

Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: High

Bloom MonthsJune to July
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyBig Stone, Blue Earth, Carver, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Itasca, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pine, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands