FOTD: Wild Garlic

You can often smell this plant before you can see it!

Wild garlic, also called Ramsons, is a type of wild onion that grows in Europe and parts of Asia. It is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows in moist, shady areas such as woodland and riverbanks. Sometimes the whole of the forest floor will be covered in this plant.

The plant has long, pointed leaves that are similar to those of lily of the valley, but with a distinct garlic-like aroma when crushed. It also produces white, star-shaped flowers that bloom in the spring.

Wild garlic or Ramsons
Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum)

Wild Garlic has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. The leaves, flowers, and bulbs are all edible and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as salads and soups. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals and has been used to treat various ailments, such as high blood pressure and respiratory infections.

A word on the Latin name, Allium ursinum. The “ursinum” translates as “bear” and refers to the apparent fondness of bears for the bulbs, particularly after awakening from hibernation.

In addition, cows are quite fond of a nibble, which does not go down well with dairy farmers because the cow’s milk can then have a distinct whiff of garlic!

For Cee’s Flower of the Day challenge.


  1. We seem to have more of the invasive wild onion or three cornered leeks (Allium triquetrum) around here which is also edible. I have seen ransoms along the Helford river and in Devon.

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  2. That is a beautiful photo. I love learning of wild, edible food, not only for health but, ya know, if society goes sideways. Thank you. Now I know what we thought to be a wild garlic in our yard, is not. I simply haven’t dedicated the time as of yet to find out. That bears eat wild garlic upon waking, seems to indicate it contains vital nutrients to replenish them quickly, depending of course, whether the garlic be the first thing they stumble upon or if these plants are sought out.

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