Wild garlic


Allium ursinum


I grow to between 20 and 50 cm tall. I’m known as bear’s garlic in France as legend says that I’m a spring treat for bears when they come out of hibernation.

Where and when can you find me in the reserve?

  • I grow in the cool undergrowth in early spring. My umbels of white flowers can be spotted from April to June.  I bring a strong heady smell of garlic to the undergrowth.

What other species might you mistake me for?

  • Be careful: before flowering, it’s easy to confuse me with lily of the valley and autumn crocus which are both highly toxic.

Although I grow in abundance in the undergrowth, because my bulb and leaves are edible I am picked intensively every year which disturbs and threatens my natural habitat.

Conservation status
  • Red list of vascular plants in metropolitan France: Least Concern (LC);
  • Red list of endangered vascular plants in Alsace: Least Concern (LC).

Remember that picking flowers and plants is prohibited in nature reserves.


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