3-cornered Garlic

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By: Susan Lynch


This plant has grown wild in my backyard and after the flowers die in the spring I pull it out to plant other flowers and vegetables. It smells oniony and I wanted to know what it is and if I could eat it. It is all over my neighborhood too, my photos are from the side of the road.

Three-cornered Garlic Allium triquetrum


This plant is considered invasive. It is native to the Mediterranean basin; SW Europe, NW Africa, Canary Islands and Madeira. In its native habitat it supports winter birds who eat the seeds. Some of the birds it supports are doves, finches, quail and others. You can eat all of the plant, the bulb, flowers and leaves. It can be eaten raw in salads or pesto or you can cook it in a sauce or soup.

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