Amaryllis Family – Amaryllidaceae
Plant Description: Douglas Onion has a squarish flowering stem, 8 to 16 inches tall with an umbel of several to many flowers on long pedicels at the top above 2 or 3 papery bracts. The flower cluster is often ball-like, so dense the umbel structure is hidden. It has 2 broad, grooved, flat leaves, green at blooming, and shorter than the flowering stem.
Flower Description: The tepals are usually .5 inch long, pointed, and usually pink. The 6 stamens with pink or yellowish anthers are about as long as the tepals.
Ecology: Douglas Onion grows in eastern Washington, at low to middle elevations in areas that are moist in the spring
- Douglas Onion has been moved from the Lily Family to the Amaryllis Family. (See “APG Changes” page.)
- It has a strong onion odor. The plants are often so abundant they form a mass of pink.
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