Can I eat this?

Asked July 12, 2017, 4:57 PM EDT

I moved into my new house in February and I've been surprised all spring at the plants that come up. There's one in particular next to the driveway that looks like part of an onion family and when I pull it up I see little small bulbs that could be garlic or onion related. The flower in June was a dark pink spiky ball and I attached pictures of what looks like now that it has died. Do you know what this is and can I eat it?

Multnomah County Oregon weed identification edible plants

1 Response

Allium vineale or wild garlic is my tentative identification of this plant, possibly the one called "Hair". They self-seed like crazy, so clean this up and don't compost or sweep seed heads into other parts of your garden.
Advice is to stick with plants you know taste good and are edible, and those which you plant and are confident of the identification. This page from North Carolina State University Extension gives edibility and poison information on Allium species in general: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/allium-spp/