Wild Garlic Flowers and Wasp

rd Erickson

Lake City, United States

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It is very cool today here in north Florida. This persistent “Wild Garlic”, Allium vineale, is also a real pest and almost impossible to get rid of once it’s in your yard. The plant was introduced from Europe and has spread all over the US. It is a bit difficult to tell from the Wild Onion which is native to the US, except by the net like paper covering on the bulb and that it develops bulblets as well as seed from the flowers. Grows everywhere from ditches to pretty well drained yards.

The flower has 6 pointed white petals that grow in an umble like head. The plant grows to about 2 and a half feet high. Strangely, the flowers don’t smell like onion at all. Often visited by bees and wasps as this one is.

This flower was taken under a Box Elder tree that was planted in 1994. Photo taken south of Alligator Lake in Columbia County, Florida. Both the wild onion and the wild garlic are edible, stronger tasting than either garlic or onion.

This is a Potter Wasp, Zethus spinipes. According to BugGuide it is “Black, thorax has yellow marks. Narrow yellow band on abdominal segment 3. Wings brown to violet. Bizarre stalked abdomen typical of genus.”

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