Nothoscordum gracile

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Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: false garlic

Nothoscordum gracile (false garlic, false onionweed) is a perennial herb/ (family Liliaceae) with white flowers and long narrow grasslike leaves which is found in the central western ranges and south coast ranges of California. It is native to South America. False garlic grows in grasslands and spreads via seed and underground bulblets. Seeds are dispersed via wind, water and dumped garden waste. It is highly invasive and difficult to control. If using manual control, dig plants out rather than pulling them as pulling facilitates bulbs to split and multiply.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: -*?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

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Other Nothoscordum gracile Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

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    Nothoscordum gracile (false garlic) inflorescence and leaf. Photo: Ron Vanderhoff