Allium stellatum Fraser ex Ker Gawl.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Liliopsida||Monocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family|
|Subclass||Liliidae||Includes lilies, orchids, and many others|
|Order||Asparagales||A diverse group that includes asparagus|
|Family||Amaryllidaceae||Amaryllis family—plants that grow from bulbs. Includes onions and many others|
|Genus||Allium||Onions, leeks, shallots, garlic, scallions, etc.|
About plant names...
Prairie onion is native to North American prairies.
Identification: Plants are 12-18" (30-45 cm) high, growing in
sandy soil. Like all members of this genus, plants have a distinct onion/garlic odor.
Leaves are few, grasslike, near the base. They die back when the flower
stalks grow. Flowers are rose-pink to lavender, in umbels that are ball-shaped,
2-3" (5-7.6 cm) around. Each individual flower is about ¼" (6.3 mm) in size. Sometimes the
flowerhead is tipped over—"nodding"—making these plants resemble nodding onion (Allium cernuum).
Bulbs are oval or cone-shaped, 1½" (4 cm) × ½" (1.5 cm)
Edibility: Bulbs are edible, but very strong in flavor, and can
be eaten when boiled. The leaves are edible, either raw or cooked, and the flowers made a good
garnish on salads.
The University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The USDA Plants Database
Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Allium stellatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Massachusetts
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)
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