Mainly about the wild flowers of Fife

A trio of garlic

Walking along the Lade Braes I saw these flowers, which I’ve noticed in previous years but never got round to naming.

Flipping through the flower books didn’t help. And I hadn’t taken a sample home so I couldn’t try keying it out. But fortunately someone had uploaded a picture complete with identification to the Flora of the British Isles section on Flikr. Few Flowered Garlic (or Leek), Allium Paradoxum – what a great name.

Two of its cousins are growing close by – Three-cornered Garlic…

…and Ransoms, below.

The flower book says Three-cornered Garlic is vr in Scotland. But the same wood has a double-flowered wood anemone just like the one I bought at Gardening Scotland, so I think maybe someone has done a bit of planting…


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