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Allium falcifolium Hook. & Arn.
Scythe-leaf onion, Scytheleaf onion, Sickle-leaf onion
USDA Symbol: ALFA3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A very low wild onion with two thick, flat leaves only slightly exceeding the 3-5 in. flowering stems in height. Small umbels of deep rose to nearly white flowers top the flowering stems.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
CA , OR Native Distribution:
S.w. OR to Santa Cruz Co., CA Native Habitat:
Serpentine outcrops; open, rocky slopes & scree USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dryish, serpentine rocks.
Conditions Comments: Easy for rock gardens.
PropagationDescription: Seed is easy to germinate using a gritty medium. Bulbs can be thinned in two or three years. Offsets may also be used to obtain new plants.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff