Three-cornered garlic Allium triquetrum

Status Non-native, invasive
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Habitat Woodland

An invasive, non-native plant.

This bulbous plant produces distinctive flowering stems with three angles, hence the name.

What's the problem?

The pendent white flowers are followed by large seeds which are attractive to ants and are therefore spread around them. The plant readily escapes into the wild is found along roadsides banks and verges, hedgerows, woodland edges, field edges and on waste ground. It forms very dense colonies that can outcompete other spring flowers like primroses and violets. On some roadside verges and banks it forms dense stands for many meters. It is most common in southern and western Britain, but is on the increase and spreading further north.

Rapid Risk Assessment

***** Critical Risk

This species is listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in England and Wales therefore, it is also an offence to plant or otherwise cause to grow these species in the wild.