Tennessee Wildflowers Blooming (False Garlic)

Here is another little Tennessee wildflower I found over the weekend. It was located very close to the Yellow Corydalis and was thriving in that same environment. This particular wildflower is called False Garlic (Northoscordum bivalve). Here in the first picture you can see a blossom just starting to come out.

This little flower grows from 4 to 12 inches tall and comes from a coated bulb. It is very prevalent in Middle Tennessee and ranges from southeast Virginia to Kansas and further south.

False garlic can be found in open woodlands, in fields and around limestone outcroppings. If you look in the background of the picture you can see the limestone outcropping where I found this plant.

Wildflowers of Tennessee by Jack B. Carman

10 thoughts on “Tennessee Wildflowers Blooming (False Garlic)

  1. Gail


    That is a fabulous wildflower and here I go again…very happy in the Central Basin and thin dry soils of drum roll….tada….cedar glades!

    In case you are interested take a look at Wildflowers of the Central South by Thomas Hemmerly!


    ps nice honor and well deserved.

  2. Dave


    Hmm, wildflower or weed. This one isn’t like wild onions or anything in the lawn. It’s just a little flower in the woods, so I’ll go with wildflower. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is a weed to one could be a flower to another.


    Take a walk in cedar glades near limestone outcroppings and you may find it. Where in Nashville did you grow up?


    That’s one advantage of a southern climate I suppose. You can get outside earlier!


    I thought you might like this one! I’ll have to check out that book. 🙂


    I thought so too! It might look good popping up around muscari or crocuses.

  3. Dave


    I’m not really sure where the name came from unless it was the similarities between the bulbs. I know that the False Garlic bulbs don’t have the same scent. The foliage looks similar. The leaves shoot up from the base of the plant. Someone may have once thought it looked like garlic then discovered is wasn’t!

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