Please identify this.

Asked May 3, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Client has this in sporadic places in his yard. It is mostly showing up in bear spots. He has noticed it where there once was a vegetable garden and also where there had been an annual flower garden. This has occurred in previous seasons, but is now becoming widespread.

Alpena County Michigan

1 Response

Thanks for the question! The first thing to do is smell the plant. If there is no onion-y odor it is probably Star Of Bethlehem. If there is an odor look at the leaf- if the leaf is hollow it is wild garlic and if it is flat it is wild onion. All of these plants take persistence to control. The best information I found for control is published by Missouri Botanical Gardens. If you google "Wild Garlic and Wild Onion" you should find it. Hope this helps.