Fragile Onion – Allium scilloides

Amaryllis Family  –  Amaryllidaceae

Actual size: 1/2 inch long

Actual flower size 1/2 inch long

Fragile Onion is also called Scilla-like Onion.

Plant Description: Fragile Onion has a 2 inch-long stem, flattened and two-edged, with 2 or 3 ovate bracts below a few to several-flowered umbels. The pedicels are thick and about as long as the tepals. It has two flat leaves, recurved and much longer than the flowering stem.

Flower Description: The flowers are 1/2 inch across. The 6 tepals are 1/4 to 3/4 inch long, white or pink becoming red, elliptic with a strongly thickened mid-rib.  The 6 stamen are shorter than the tepals with purple or brown anthers and the stigma are 3-lobed.

Ecology: Fragile Onion grows in dry, barren gravely soils in the shrub steppe of eastern Washington.

Note: Fragile Onion has been moved from the Lily Family to the Amaryllis Family.  See “APG Changes” page.


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