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Wild Leek (Ramps)
Allium tricoccum

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 the onion smell and the lack of leaves will distinguish them. Also, wild sarsaparilla grows in dry woods, and wild leek in moist woods.

• Family: Lily (Liliaceae)
• 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

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

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.