Is narrowleaf a separate species from the wider leaved plants? The botanical jury seems to be hung, and the people that appreciate their flavor really don't care. Either way, fry them and have them with a steak! Yum! But test them first in moderation, particularly if you're among the older folk. What comes next after that delicious meal could be a different kind of trial. Narrowleaf blooms a couple of weeks earlier than wideleaf, and lacks red bases on the leaves. The flowers are smaller and less showy. Narrowleaf has a more northern range in IA, IL, IN, KY, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY(E), OH, PA, SD, TN(T), VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 6/9/12. Onion family, Alliaceae.