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What are these bulbous seedlings?

I've got these seedlings popping up all over the garden. At first I thought it might be a leek because I left a giant leek go to seed but the base is clearly round. I also grew shallots (didn't think any went to seed) and onions. Maybe it isn't a veg at all. If anyone recognises it it will help me decide what I should be doing with them.



  • B3B3 Posts: 27,305
    Do they smell oniony?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • RubyRossRubyRoss Posts: 124
    Ha, what an obvious thing to check! I have a slight cold but even with that I don't find a strong smell of any kind
  • RubyRossRubyRoss Posts: 124
    Got my husband to check. He says it 'smells like mud'.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,728
    Could they be Spanish bluebells or snowdrops?
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    Ladybird4 said:
    Could they be Spanish bluebells or snowdrops?
    They don't look white enough to me. 🤔
    Looks like a shallot but I'm prepared to be corrected! 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,382
    I've got the same in my garden popping up in different places. I think, but could well be wrong, that they are a native onion like plant/weed but can't remember the correct name sorry. I'm struggling to remember if they have a tufty purplish seed head on top?
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794
    They look like an allium of some kind. The foliage on the little sphaerocephalons appears very early, and if it's mild where you are, that's a possibility. They're appearing here, although only a few inches high.
    The foliage is narrow on them - just like that pic  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The leaves look round … like chives. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,382
    I did wonder about chives, I used to have clumps in this garden.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • RubyRossRubyRoss Posts: 124
    I think/hope @Fairygirl has got it because I planted drumstick allium last year so that would make sense and it is very mild.
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