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The ramp has broad, smooth, light green leaves, often with deep purple or burgundy tints on the lower stems, and a scallion-like stalk and bulb. Both the white lower leaf stalks and the broad green leaves are edible. The flower stalk only appears after the leaves have died back, unlike the similar Allium ursinum, in which leaves and flowers can be seen at the same time. Ramps grow in close groups strongly rooted just beneath the surface of the soil.
The seasonal emergence of trillium, jack-in-the-pulpits and Dutchman’s breeches tend to overshadow another Michigan wildflower known to attract bears and repel vampires.
This onion relative with a garlicky flavor is celebrated with an annual festival each April in Richwood, W.Va., which calls itself the “Ramp capital of the world.” Many other places in that state and North Carolina have festivals for this woodland favorite, which populates many areas of Michigan.
For best growing results mimic how and where the ramps grow in the wild. In the wild Ramps grow in shaded areas
(usually under trees) with an abundance of moisture and soil rich in organic matter. Look carefully around your
gardening area for a tree that will provide a moist soil with lots of shade. Organic matter such as leaves can be
added. Ramps grow naturally under a forest canopy of beech, birch, sugar maple, and/or poplar.....