Grazing Oklahoma: Crow Poison

By Josh Gaskamp

Characteristics: Crow poison, sometimes called false garlic, is a perennial, cool-season forb. It grows from a bulb and is one of the first plants to appear in spring. It also blooms in the fall. Crow poison is often confused with wild onion but lacks the onion or garlic smell. In early spring, it develops one-inch flowers at the top of six to 12-inch upright stems.

Each stem typically supports multiple flowers with six white petals and six bright yellow stamens. The flat, narrow leaves make this plant and others in the Liliaceae family, look like grasses. Crow poison leaves are about four to 10 inches long and only grow from the base of the plant.

Learn more about crow poison in the March issue of OKFR!