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Allium membranaceum

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Allium membranaceum
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Allium membranaceum
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Allium membranaceum

Botanical Name: Allium membranaceum
Common Name: Papery 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. This onion has minor toxicity and should not be eaten.

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: 4,500'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White to pink
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Ranges, Cascade Range Foothills, North and Central Sierra Nevada Foothills
Natural Habitat: Uncommon. Wooded slopes. Yellow Pine Forest

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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.
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