Wild garlic has been used since ancient times for its many medicinal properties. Its active ingredients are identical to those of common garlic but in higher concentrations. Bear's garlic is a cool, shady understory plant that can grow from 20 to 50 cm high. Its flowers are white and star-shaped.
When the leaves are crumpled, the plant gives off a strong garlic smell. It can form large colonies along streams. The leaves appear from April to June and the harvest period ends with the first flowers. Before it flowers, it can be physically mistaken for autumn colchicum or lily of the valley, but its characteristic odour should be relied upon.