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May 15, 2017 4:17 PM CST
I was digging in a part of my garden earlier to put a blackberry bush in, and while digging I discovered brown-skinned garlic like plants. They smell faintly of green onions when broken apart, however, haven't ever planted green onions or garlic. Thanks!
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Name: Daisy I
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May 15, 2017 6:57 PM CST
What part of the world are you finding these bulbs in?

Wild onions are a possibility. And so is Society Garlic - a very common garden plant with green or variegated onion type leaves and purple flowers.

We would have to see one sprout to know for sure. Onions are members of the lily family. But any bulb that smells oniony is probably an onion of some sort.
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May 19, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Onions, garlic, chives, and all of their wild relatives are Alliums. It looks like yours are waking up for the season. Observing the foliage & bloom should help lead to species ID. All Alliums are edible, but not all parts are palatable at all times/during all seasons.
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Name: Rick R.
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May 20, 2017 4:34 PM CST
Bulbous alliums like your pic will all have some kind of observable layers, like an onion at the grocery store. Cut the bulb open and if it is a solid homogeneous mass, then it is not an allium.

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