Not quite. This plant is smaller than what is described there: the clumps are about 4" across, rather than one foot across; the stalks are closer to 4" than 6"; the flowers are not 1" across (the specimen I picked today has flowers approximately 0.7" across). It does have six petals and six stamens.
My hubby remembers always seeing it blooming in the spring. They used to run a dairy farm here and the cows were permitted to eat them.
SeaDragonTatoo, the shape of the flowers is similar but the leaves are not taller than the flower stem.
Have you ever pulled one up, and found a sort of bulb? My dad used to pull up flowers like these, and there would be a slender bulb at the root, something like a green onion. He’d wash the bulbs and eat them, raw. He doesn’t do much outside walking these days, so he probably doesn’t do that any longer. I’ve always been under the impression that they’re some sort of allium, though.
I’d say a member of the allium family based on the appearance of the unopened flower buds, but I’m guessing. I don’t think the structure of the open flowers much resembles the pics of SoB you linked (imho)
Dug a clump up - they do have some tiny bulbs, but no onion smell. HD, it also reminds me of paperwhites but there’s no trumpet-shaped part in the center of the flower.
The S o B descriptions all talk about a slender thread structure which is triangular in cross-section under the pistil. These are so tiny that I can’t see that - maybe I’ll take one to work and look at it under the magnifier.
They also lack the green stripe on the back of the petals which is apparently a hallmark of S o B.
Well, NinetyWt, he’s done some more research, thinks wild onion usually has a little pink to it and advises this is actually Crow Poison (Nothoscordum bivalve). I’ve looked at both in google images and part of the problem appears to be they’re so similar sometimes they’re misidentified. See what you think since you’ve got an upclose view.
Cool! (It’s AKA “false garlic”, apparently.) So Ninety, are you finding lots of dead crows in that field? (Seriously, it’s said that the Cherokee made a poison out of it which they put into crow bait: voila, no more crows eating the corn crop.)