Some questions for trouble-shooting:
How would you find the reading for the following 漢字?
You may be tempted to look for it under the くさかんむり radical (i.e., either 艹, or one of its variant forms). But depending on the dictionary you're using, your attempt may end in failure.
If a character is not where you expect to find it in a 漢和辞典, you might suspect that the character is not Chinese, but is rather a Japanese invention (that is, an instance of 和製漢字, also known as 国字). You can try looking for 韮 in this:
But you won't find it there; 韮 is not a 国字.
If the top component 艹 is not the principle 部首 (and according to more than one 漢和辞典, it is not), then the remainder of the 漢字 must contain the principle 部首. The remainder (viz. 韭) is either a combination of elements, or is itself an element. You may be tempted to analyze it into two familiar elements, 一 (1 stroke) and 非 (8 strokes). But chances are, even if you are lucky enough to find an entry for 韭 classified under 一 or 非, it will only be a redirect entry to the main entry. For as it turns out, the bottom component 韭 is itself a radical (9 strokes), and it is under this less familiar radical that most dictionaries classify 韮.
Some dictionaries classifiy the character 韮 as an 異体字. You might be tempted to look in a specialized 漢和辞典 like this:
But resorting to a specialized dictionary is probably not necessary. Most thoroughly made 漢和辞典 will provide re-direct entries for 異体字. In Ueda Kazutosi's 大字典, for example, the notation is as follows:
We go to the entry provided, and get (among other things) this information:
At this point you have accomplished what you set out to do: Find the reading of 韮, viz. ニラ.
Just don't forget that determining the mapping from 韮 to ニラ is not the whole story. As it turns out, there are some other ways of writing the word ニラ:
The practice of writing botanical names in カタカナ has left 韮 a less commonly used character. As evidence of this, you can find 韮 included in the 日本漢字能力検定協会準一級指定漢字一覧.