Wild garlic

Allium ursinum

Wild garlic, photo: Tallinn Environment Department

Wild garlic is a perennial bulbous plant in the Liliaceae family. It is an herb and a medicinal herb. Wild garlic grows almost throughout Europe. It is protected in Estonia (protection category III). It mostly grows in damp broad-leaved forests, preferring shaded habitats. They grow up to 20–50 cm in height. The leaves are thin, up to 20 cm in height, with a clearly distinguishable stem. The plant blossoms from May–June. The flower stems do not have leaves. The inflorescence is a white umbel with star-shaped flowers. If a person with normal anatomy and physiology eats wild garlic, they will not experience any poisoning condition, but eating it may be toxic for some animals.