Allium stellatum

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Autumn Onion
Allium stellatum Line Drawing
Allium stellatum inflorescence.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. stellatum
Binomial name
Allium stellatum
Fraser ex Ker Gawl.

Allium stellatum (Autumn onion, Prairie onion[1]) is a perennial wild onion native to North America, where it grows in rocky, sandy soil.[2] It grows from a bulb to about 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) with tufts of leaves which die back as the scape of pink to purple flowers forms. The bulbs are strongly flavored but can be eaten.[3]

The species name stellatum is botanical Latin for "starry", and refers to the umbels. This species was described for science by John Bellenden Ker in the early 19th century.[4]

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