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Wild Onion

Allium textile


Dainty white flowers with pinkish-red center stripes on petals arranged in a flat-topped to rounded cluster. Each round, upright stem has two grass-like leaves. 4-8 inches tall. Blooms in May and June.


Common on dry prairie.


Edible "prairie onion" bulbs have a strong onion odor. Native American tripes and early settlers used wild onions as greens and flavoring, enjoyed them raw or boiled in stews, and often dried them for winter use.

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1 Comment

Hema 7 years ago

This spotting interests me because I lived in Chicago for twenty years. Chicago was named by the American Indians.It literally means the city of smelly Onions!Though I never saw them or smelled them....

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North Dakota, USA

Lat: 46.92, Long: -103.53

Spotted on Dec 13, 2011
Submitted on Dec 13, 2011

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