Now is the time of year that Ramps begin to appear, and ramp festivals abound in West Virginia and surrounding mountain areas. For a list of festivals and dinners go HERE , which also has links to information, recipes, etc. An article on digging ramps is HERE .
There is even a ramp farm with mail order service HERE or order from Earthy Delights which also sells fiddleheads, mushrooms, and many other items.
Allium Tricoccum (three-seeded garlick). A native of North America; six inches in height, with white flowers, which are produced in July. Increased by offsets. Introduced in 1770, by Mr. W. Young.
Miller, Phillip. The Gardeners Dictionary. London: 1835 9th ed.
Allium tricoccum - Wild Leek. Bulbs ovoid, clustered, high, seated on a short rootstock, their coats fibrous-reticulated. Leaves oblong-lanceolate or elliptic, appearing early in the spring, but withering and disappearing before flowering time, 6'-12' long, 1'-2' wide, narrowed at both ends, tapering into a long petiole...
In rich woods, New Brunswick to Minnesota, south to North Carolina and Tennessee. Often grows in large beds. Ascends to 4500 ft. in North Carolina. June-July.
Britton, Nathaniel Lord. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada.... New York: 1896
The image is from the Britton book.