False Garlic Flowers

Photograph of False garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) blooming in Tallahassee, Florida. Also known as Crow Poision.
“False Garlic Flowers”

These pretty, little flowers sprung up in our back yard last spring. After quite a bit of digging to figure out what they are, I believe they’re False garlic flowers. False garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve), also known as Crow Poison, is alleged to be toxic, though the evidence seems skimpy. Originally, it was considered a member of the Lily family (Liliaceae). Now it’s sometimes grouped in the Amaryllidaceae family, which includes both Amaryllis and such delectables as leeks, garlic, and shallot. False garlic’s native range covers the Southeast and Midwest United States.

© 2015 Karen Joslin