Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Julie Filiberti; iNaturalist.

Wild leek

Scientific name
Allium tricoccum
Also Known As
bagawaji-zhi (Ojibwe), Ramp
Plant Family
Plant Group
Known as bagawaji-zhi by the Ojibwe. An herbaceous plant found in rich, dry or wet woods. The flat leaves smell of onion and die before the flowers bloom in June and July. Below ground is an edible bulb that smells and tastes of onion.
Identification Hints

Wild leeks tend to grow in groups. Leaves emerge in very early spring. The rich green, thick flat leaves are one of the first to emerge in the spring woodland. They smell of onion and die before the flowers bloom in June and July. Wild Leeks produce an edible bulb that smells and tastes like onion which many consider a gourmet item.

Did You Know?

A decoction of the root was used as a quick-acting emetic.

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