Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: sun, part-sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, sand, gravel/rock
Bloom Time: April, May, June, July
Bloom Color: white, pink
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, edible, fragrant plant, fragrant root, medicinal, naturalizing, rock garden plant, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Allium canadenseAlso known as:
Allium canadense is part of the onion genus. The bulb is edible, with a typical onion flavor, but unlike commercial varieties has a thick, fibrous skin. Foliage is grass-like, exudes an onionny fragrance, and appears from the base. Dome-like clusters of whitish, pinkish star-like flowers appear atop 12" stems. On some plants, these will give way to showy fruit, known as bulbets.
This is a hardy, easy to grow plant. It is drought tolerant, though it does best in moist, but very well-drained soils. Persistently wet conditions will lead to root rot. It can be used effectively in the front of perennial flower borders, where its low growth and thin foliage will not obscure background plants. also a good choice for sunny rock gardens. Can bloom as early as April and as late as July. Zones 3-9
Propagate by division when dormant. The seed-like bulbets can be collected, but cannot be stored and must be planted as soon as they ripen.
This edible plant has also been used medicinally to treat insect stings, control coughs and vomiting, sooth eye and ear infections. Is believed to be a good insect repellent, that is if you don't mind smelling like onion.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Endangered: NH
- Special Concern: ME
- Threatened: VT
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