ALSO KNOWN AS: three-cornered leek or three-cornered garlic DISTRIBUTION: throughout NZ in gardens, parks, rubbish dumps and roadsides often in colonies, preferring shade ABOUT: this is a perennial with small white bulbs underground and grass-like leaves that smell distinctly like onion when crushed. A delightful white, bell-shaped flower with green stripes emerges in spring. This may be seen as a troublesome plant but it dies down completely in summer. USES: when it emerges in autumn it can be eaten in soups and chopped up in scrambled eggs. Being in the onion family, it is antimicrobial and contains sulphur – giving it the ‘onion’ smell – which acts as a digestive system tonic and stimulates the circulatory system. It also contains chlorophyll, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.