Field garlic is a lawn weed. It is a perennial that grows in clumps and all parts of this plant emit a garlic-like odor. It is considered a substitute for traditional garlic (Allium sativum) but certain differences make it the all-new species. It is comparatively resistant to herbicides, hailed as an invasive weed, and when livestock grazes on it they impart the same garlic-like odor. And all these attributes are very much unlike Allium sativum.
Field garlic develops an underground bulb that has fibrous layers around it. Its leaves depict slender hollow tubes, which grow on a 12-24 inch tall stem. It has an umbel/bell-shaped inflorescence that is surrounded by a bract that withers as soon as the flower blooms. Surprisingly, the field garlic plant also features yellowish-brown bulbils.
Field garlic poses a plethora of medicinal benefits. It is an efficacious blood purifier, anti-asthmatic, diaphoretic, expectorant, stimulant, diuretic, cathartic, carminative, vermifuge, and vasodilator. It reduces blood pressure that ultimately reduces the chances of contracting stroke and heart diseases.
Its pungency and garlic-like taste make it suitable for many savory dishes, such as pasta, curries, soups, boiled vegetables, pesto, and whatnot.