Etymology: Allium: Latin for "garlic"
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-2' tall forb, onion odor; from thinly-conical bulb tapering to a stem
Leaves: grass-like, almost basal, shorter than the flowering stalk
Flowers: white to pink, 6-parted, 1/4" wide; inflorescence a many-flowered, nodding, rounded cluster (umbel), forming no bulblets; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: 3-lobed capsule
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, hillsides; in rocky, sandy, loamy, clayey soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources: Rare Species Guide; description, conservation, photos, maps, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key