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Allium validum

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Botanical Name: Allium validum
Common Name: Pacific or Swamp Onion

Native wild onion; performs best in wet meadows. Recommended for mid to high elevation gardens. Also recommended for container gardens.

Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Clumping leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White/Rose
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwest, High Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, Modoc Plataeu (Warner Mtns)
Natural Habitat: Wet meadows from 3600-10,500'

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  • 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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