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Allium acuminatum

Allium acuminatum

Tapertip Onion, Hookers Onion

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One of the most common of the many western Wild Onions, all of which have edible bulbs. An umbel of pink or deep pink flowers grows at the top of a leafless stalk. Plant has a strong onion odour.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flowers as they appear, leaves throughout the year and the bulblets/bulbs in the Autumn.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.

Geography

Origin
America, North, America

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

culinery
Edible bulbs, leaves and bulblets although very potent but should only be consumed in small doses. Bulbs can be used raw, boiled, pickled or for seasoning. Use flower bulbs to flavour soup or for pickling
Notes
This wild allium is best suited to dry hillsides, sun-exposed rocky meadows at low to mid elevations.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
Purples

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