Plant ID help needed
For years, I have not passed by an old abandoned home place without looking for plants. In north central Texas, one of the most common is what I have been calling garlic. I am now convinced that it is not garlic, but I have no idea what it is.
I thought it might be elephant garlic. Bought and planted a clove last year (from the food store), but it did not do well, so I can't compare the two.
Here are some traits that I am sure about:
Crushed leaves smell like garlic.
Flowers look much like onion blooms, but make few (if any) seeds.
The leaves are of a greyish-green color.
When dug in the fall, the bulb has about a half dozen 'cloves' around the base.
It must have been very common in the old days, because the only plant found with greater frequency around old homesteads in this area, is the iris germanica.
Is there any way to positively identify this? I don't want to poison myself. If it is edible or useful, I will keep it. If not, I will throw it out.
Please don't suggest I feed some to the dog and see if he lives. I can't force it down him.
I am linking to a PhotoBucket site where there are three pictures of this plant.
Thanks for any help,
Here is a link that might be useful: PhotoBucket pictures