Allium crispum

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Crinkled onion
Allium crispum 3.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. crispum
Binomial name
Allium crispum

Allium peninsulare var. crispum (Greene) Jeps.

Allium crispum is a species of wild onion known by the common name crinkled onion. It is endemic to California, where it grows along the Central Coast in the Coast Ranges and in the Santa Monica Mountains, often in clays and serpentine soils.[1][2]


Allium crispum grows from a bulb one to one and a half centimeters wide and sends up naked green stems topped with inflorescences of many flowers, each on a short pedicel. The flowers are magenta in color and have six triangular tepals. The inner three tepals are smaller and crinkled like cloth and may curl under. Anthers and pollen are yellow.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Calflora database — Allium crispum . accessed 1.28.2013
  2. ^ a b Flora of North America v 26 p 264, Allium crispum
  3. ^ Greene, Edward Lee. 1888. Pittonia 1(11): 166.
  4. ^ Hickman, J. C. 1993. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California 1–1400. University of California Press, Berkeley

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