Introduction: Bulbous annual herb growing up to 65 cm high. Leaves like that of garlic, linear, flat, longer than the main flower stalk, having garlic like odor when rubbed. Flowers purple, stalked, in terminal clusters of cyme, August to September. Fruits September to October.
Availability: Distributed from 2500 to 4000 m throughout Nepal in open grazing lands.
Harvesting Time: October to November
Description of traded part: When dried, it becomes dark brown in color, very thinner and scented like garlic.
Uses: It is used as spice in curry, meat and pickle. Its rhizome is chewed during altitude sickness.