Allium ursinum | Ramsons | Creamh
First reported in the wild
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
- Known as Ramsons or Wild Garlic
- Flowers in April and May
- Individual flowers are white and star-like. They occur in
umbels (bunches) of 8-12
- Oblong-oval basal leaves which are pointed at the end
- Once picked or bruised the plant gives of a very strong
smell of garlic
Adult habitat & habits
Woods, hedges and damp shady places
Irish reference specimens
Pathway and vector description
Distribution frequency in Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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How can you help
This species is included in our spring flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.
- Common Dog-violet
- Early Dog-violet
- Early-purple Orchid
- Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower)
- Lesser Celandine
- Lords-and Ladies
- Wild Garlic
- Winter Heliotrope
- Wood Anemone
- Wood Sorrel
- Three-cornered Garlic
This species is included in our spring flowering plant project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.
Wild Garlic is also an important Crop Wild Relative. It is used as flavouring for soups or salads. It gets its species name 'ursinum' from the fact that the brown bear (Ursou arctus) has a liking for these bulbs and is known to dig them up for food.