Allium falcifolium Hook. & Arn.
Scythe-leaf Onion, Scytheleaf Onion, Sickle-leaf Onion
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Synonym(s): Allium breweri
USDA Symbol: ALFA3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , OR
Native Distribution: S.w. OR to Santa Cruz Co., CA
Native Habitat: Serpentine outcrops; open, rocky slopes & scree
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Allium falcifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allium falcifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allium falcifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff