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Allium praecox (Early onion)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Allium praecox

Allium praecox Brandegee

Early Onion

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: ALPR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

3 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Margin: Entire
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Flat leaves up to about 30 inches long by less than 1/2 inch wide. Flower scapes up to about 2 feet tall.
Fruit: Seeds black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May



Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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