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Botanical Name: Allium praecox
Common Name: Early Onion
- Early onion is one of the first bulbs to bloom. Locate beneath taller shrubs that provide some dappled shade throughout the day. Excellent drainage is important.
- Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
- Plant Type: Bulb
- Height by Width: 1' H
- Growth Habit: Clumps of grass-like leaves
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Part shade
- Soil Preference: Well-draining
- Water Requirements: Dry summer dormancy
- Cold Hardy to:
- Flower Season: Late Winter, into Spring
- Flower Color: White, sometimes pink tinged
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Southwest California, except in the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos
- Natural Habitat: Uncommon on shady slopes.
- 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.