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Allium hyalinum

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Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum
Allium hyalinum bulb
Allium hyalinum bulb

Botanical Name: Allium hyalinum
Common Name: Glassy Onion

A good garden plant for the front of a perennial border or in a meadow garden. Will accept some summer irrigation in well-drained soil.

Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H
Growth Habit: Clumps of grassy leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Dry summer dormancy
Cold Hardy to: 5,000'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White to light pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Sierra Nevada Foothills, San Joaquin Valley
Natural Habitat: Grassy slopes, outcrops

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Care and Maintenance
Plant the base of the bulb at a depth three times the height of the bulb. Stop watering once the leaves begin to turn brown, but keep leaves on the plant until they turn completely brown.

Other Names
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: gardening with California Monocots. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.
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