Douglas Onion – Allium douglasii

Amaryllis Family – Amaryllidaceae

Actual flower size: 1 inch across

Actual flower size: 1 inch across


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 DescriptionThe 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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