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This native bulb is great for attracting butterflies since it blooms in late winter and early spring when few other flowers are blooming. It goes dormant in the summer. The clumps grow bigger with age. It also spreads by seed. Deer Resistant. l Though it naturalizes readily in well-drained sites, it is not invasive like the more aggressive South American False Garlic (Nothoscordum gracile) which is common in many older gardens. It needs full sun or part shade during the winter and good drainage. It thrive in circumneutral soil, where Azaleas, Gardenias and Camellias fail. Since it is dormant in summer, it can be interplanted with warm-season perennials. Since, it is very deer resistant, interplanting with more “tasty” plants will help reduce the deer damage on them. It is also great for naturalizing in informal lawns. American False Garlic, is very uncommon in the sea islands of South Carolina. Our plants were propagated from one of the two native populations in Beaufort County, SC
Plants are dormant and almost invisible now. New crop will be ready in the fall, when they pop up and I can find them.