FIELD GARLIC
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Allium vineale  L.
Douglas County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 1-4 feet
Family: Amaryllidaceae - Amaryllis Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Stems: Stems absent. Plants strongly scented; bulbs ovoid, 2/5 to 4/5 inch, coats longitudinally nerved, non-fibrous.
Leaves: Leaves mostly basal; blades tubular, round in cross-section, 8 to 24 inches long, 1/12 to 1/6 inch wide.
Inflorescences: Umbels 0-50-flowered, terminal on scapes; bracts 3-5, 2-3-nerved, membranous.
Flowers: Pedicels 2/5 to 4/5 inch. Flowers often replaced by bulbils; tepals 6, petal-like, withering in fruit, essentially distinct, erect, greenish pink or purple, elliptic-lanceolate, 1/8 to 1/6 inch, perianth campanulate; stamens 6, fused to tepals basally.
Fruits: Capsules without crests; seeds usually 6, black, ovoid, shiny.
Habitat: Lawns, pastures, roadsides, and other disturbed sites
Distribution: East 1/3 of Kansas
Origin: Introduced
Comments: Allium vineale will persist outside of cultivation in Kansas. Allium, ancient Latin name for garlic, and vineale, of vineyards.

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