Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: average, clay, sand
Bloom Time: March, April, May
Bloom Color: white
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, naturalizing, poisonous
Pricing & Availability
Nothoscordum bivalveAlso known as:
Allium bivalve, Ornithogalum bivalve
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.
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
Propagate from seed.
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
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