From a friend's garden she is reclaiming after 5 years of neglect. What is this, the root looks like it is trying to spread.
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Looks like a leek
Except leeks don't have those long brown rhizomes connecting the plants.
Does it smell oniony?
Yes, it smells oniony.
Also, the small patch has been undisturbed in her garden for the last 5 years, she is just getting back to reclaiming that garden!