Etymology: Allium: Latin for "garlic"
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb, onion odor; stems pithy, stout; from oval to conical bulb
Leaves: grass-like, flat, only on lower third of the stem, bases clasping
Flowers: white to pink, 6-parted, 1/2" wide, on 1/4"-1" stalks; inflorescence an erect, rounded cluster (umbel), flowers often replaced by stalkless, 1/4" bulblets; blooms May-June
Fruits: rarely-produced capsule
Habitat: dry, moderate moisture, to wet; open woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4, Wetland Indicator = FACU USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key