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Connecticut Plants
Wild Leek (Ramps)
Allium tricoccum Ait.

Wild leek has broadly lance-shaped leaves that wither away before the flowers bloom. Both leaves and flowers smell like onions. The flowers look similar to wild sarsaparilla, but wild leek is easily identifiable by its onion smell and its lack of leaves while in bloom. Also, wild sarsaparilla grows in dry woods, and wild leek in moist woods.

  • Family: onion (Alliaceae)
  • Habitat: damp woods
  • Height: 6-18 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch long, in spherical clusters 1-1/2 inches across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: June to July
  • Origin: native
Allium tricoccum Ait.
Allium tricoccum Ait.

Wild leek has glossy black seeds, which ripen in mid-autumn.

Allium tricoccum Ait.