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Nothoscordum gracile is a Bulb up to 0.45 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South America. A garden escape in south-eastern N. America and Britain.
Sandy roadsides, woods and cultivated ground in southeastern N. America[
Prefers a light sandy soil in a sunny position[
This species reproduces freely when in good growing conditions and has become a weed in some gardens[
The flowers have a rich, sweet lily-like perfume[
Bulb - raw or cooked. A garlic substitute[
], it is used as a spice[
]. The bulb is about 15mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as ripe in a cold frame[
]. Spring sown seed germinates freely[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in spring.
Division of offsets after the leaves die down in summer. Larger bulbs can be replanted immediately into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on for a year before planting them out when dormant in late summer.