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Nothoscordum gracile  (Aiton) Stearn
Slender false garlic
Nothoscordum gracile is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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~45 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Nothoscordum
Family: Alliaceae  
(Liliaceae)
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSNothoscordum fragrans
PLANTSNothoscordum borbonicum
Information about  Nothoscordum gracile from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Native to South America: 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. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Distribution: Native to South America, it is widely naturalized in Australia, USA, South Asia, Southern Europe and Africa. A garden escape, it is a widespread, highly invasive and common weed in gardens that is hard to eradicate. It grows in grasslands, lawns, footpaths, pastures, roadsides and disperses through seed and underground bulblets. Its seeds can be dispersed by wind, water and dumped garden waste.[5] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/19/2024).