Ramsons Allium ursinum

Best Time to See
Habitat Woodland

Also known as 'wild garlic', white clusters of this wild flower are a common sight in woods in the spring.

Just as noticeable is its pungent, oniony scent - particularly apparent if you crush the leaves. It is a favourite with foragers but be sure not to eat the roots: ingesting them can have an unpleasant effect on the stomach.


Common across the UK apart from north-east Scotland.


Damp woodland

Best time to see

When in bloom, April to June.

Did you know?

'Ramsons' is an evolution of the plant's Old English name: hramsa. The plural of hramsa was hramsan - so 'ramsons' is actually a double plural!