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Allium falcifolium

Allium falcifolium Hook. & Arn.

Scythe-leaf Onion, Scytheleaf Onion, Sickle-leaf Onion

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Allium breweri

USDA Symbol: ALFA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: S.w. OR to Santa Cruz Co., CA
Native Habitat: Serpentine outcrops; open, rocky slopes & scree

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dryish, serpentine rocks.
Conditions Comments: Easy for rock gardens.


Description: 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 resources

USDA: Find Allium falcifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allium falcifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allium falcifolium


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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