Sunday, April 5, 2009

Allium canadense


Members of the genus Allium include onions, garlic, and chives. Wild onions grow in fields and other grassy areas, especially along the creeks. The foliage blends in with the grass but you'll know when you encounter it in the field because of its strong onion smell when crushed under foot. They bloom in spring with white flowers, although in some areas the flowers are pink. The inflorescences develop bulbils or vegetative clones that sometimes sprout before they drop from the parent plant. Allium canadense is safe to eat as its cousin A. cepa, the domestic onion, but it doesn't produce a large bulb.

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