Friday, June 26, 2015

(Photos) Wild garlic blossoms and bulbils

One of the most captivating wildflowers that grows in Illinois is wild garlic (allium canadense).

It's hard to believe that each photo is of the same plant.

The wild garlic blossoms consists of six tepals and and six stamens. The half-inch sized blooms are pink bordering on white.

And ant nourishes on the right blossom.

Beneath this sack-like covering are bulbils.

The sack after it opened.

A jewel of the woodlands.

I'm not sure if this is the right term--but the bulbils are ripe here. Wild garlic is one of the possible plants that gave Chicago its name--Chicagoua--a Native American word for onion, although the wild leek is the most likely namesake for Illinois' largest city.

Wild garlic, like the wild leek, is a member of the lily family. This plant is one of the native wildflowers that grows in each of Illinois' 102 counties.

The photographs in this post were taken at St. Paul Woods in Morton Grove, Dam Number 4 Woods East in Des Plaines, and Dam Number 4 Woods South in Park Ridge.

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