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Nothoscordum bivalve

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs

Light Requirements: sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: average, clay, sand

Height: 6"-18"

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, poisonous

Nothoscordum bivalve (crowpoison)
  • Nothoscordum bivalve (crowpoison)
  • Nothoscordum bivalve (crowpoison)
  • Nothoscordum bivalve (crowpoison)
  • Nothoscordum bivalve (crowpoison)

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Description

Nothoscordum bivalve

Also known as:

crowpoison

,

false garlic

Scientific Synonyms:

Allium bivalve, Ornithogalum bivalve

Description

Nothoscordum bivalve is a member of the Lily family. It is a bulb, with thin, grass-like green leaves that can greatly vary in length from a mere 4", to 1.5'. Each flower stem will bear several star-shaped white flowers. These are yellowish at there center, and have conspicuous orange stamens.

Cultivation

False garlic is easy to grow. It can be used massed in groups for a stunning early spring effect, used in naturalized settings and lawns, or in rock gardens. It grows in average soil with average moisture. It is intolerant of dry or wet conditions. A cold season, early spring bloomer: March to May. Under optimum conditions, it may have a secondary fall bloom. Zones 5-9

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

It resembles wild onion and garlic, hence the common name "false garlic". However, this plant is poisonous and should not be eaten. It is easy to distinguish because it is odorless.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, NE, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Rare: IN
  • Threatened: OH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Nothoscordum false garlic
Species Nothoscordum bivalve crowpoison