Allium ursinum   Ramsons C DD N

Allium ursinum whole Allium ursinum flower

Ramsons tends to grow in patches by streams and in wet woodland places. You can find it by smell alone. If you don't like the fragrance of garlic however, a large patch of Ramsons in warm weather can be overpowering. This plant covered a valley bottom in Lancashire and the name of the nearby village was eventually shortened to Ramsbottom - nothing to do with the rear end of a sheep.

This is one of our commonest wild plants and apart from some of the high hills in northern Scotland is found everywhere in the British Isles.

LHS: Bishopthorpe Palace grounds 27th May 2005   RHS: Chee Dale, Derbyshire 15th June 2006

Added on September 17th 2004, updated 19th April 2008, updated 21st June 2008, updated 25th Feb 2010, updated 1st Dec 2014

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