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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Allium canadense var. mobilense (Regel) Ownbey
Meadow garlic, Wild onion
USDA Symbol: ALCAM
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Wild onion is a common sight in the spring. Crow poison is similar and shares the same habitat, but the onion can be identified by its scent. It has a hollow stem 6–8 inches long and 3 or more basal leaves about as long and 1/8 inch wide. The flowers cluster at the top of the stem, individual flowers having stems 1/4–1 inch long. The 6 tepals are rose-pink to white, fading with age. There are 6 stamens.
Wild onions prefer open, unshaded areas, where they bloom during April and May. When rainfall is sufficient, they sometimes bloom again in the fall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May
AL , AR , FL , GA , IL , KS , LA , MO , MS , NC , OK , SC , TN , TX Native Habitat:
Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff