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
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