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Wild Garlic

Allium ursinum

Also known as

Ramsons, Bear's Garlic, Buckrams, Hog's Garlic, Wild Leek, Wood Garlic, Gipsy Onion, Ramsomes

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Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Wild Garlic Overview

Allium ursinum is a very common sight in ancient British woodlands, this small plant has a strong scent identical to that of garlic. it's known by a wide range of common names including Wild Garlic and Wood Garlic. The Latin name Allium ursinum translates to "bears garlic", as these animals were renowned for digging up woodland in search of these plants, this is another common name for this plant. They're also extremely popular with wild boars and other woodland mammals.

Common problems with Wild Garlic

Generally pest-free. May be attacked by onion white rot or a downy mildew.

Wild Garlic Companion Plants

How to harvest Wild Garlic

In the UK, leaves can be picked in early spring and flowers from mid to late spring. Seeds can be collected when ripe in summer and bulbs can be dug when dormant.

How to propagate Wild Garlic


Sow about 2cm deep in rich, fertile soil. It is best to do this in a cold frame in autumn or early winter.


Divide bulblets in the dormant season.

Special features of Wild Garlic

Attractive flowers

Small white flowers born on the end of long stems.

Attracts useful insects

Bees feed on the flowers nectar.

Ground cover

Other uses of Wild Garlic

Borders and under shrubs, culinary.


Leaves are commonly eaten in Britain having a strong garlic taste. The flower, seeds and bulb are also edible.