© Gary Ansell (Photo ID #12930)
Perennial herb from an egg-shaped to nearly globe-shaped, scaly bulb, the outer scales brownish, with a prominent fibrous network, the inner scales white; flowering stems erect, 10-30 cm tall, slender, round in cross-section, smooth.
Basal leaves 2 to 3 or more, linear, cylindric, shorter than to about as long as the flowering stem, 1-3 mm wide, smooth, the margins entire; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence an open, terminal umbel of several to many, stalked flowers, above 2 membranous, broadly lanceolate bracts, the stalks 1-3 cm long; flowers rose-pink to whitish, bell-shaped, of 6 distinct tepals, the tepals mostly 10-12 mm long, lanceolate, gradually tapering to pointed tips, the inner 3 with fine-toothed margins, the outer 3 larger, entire, the tips widely spreading to curved back; stamens 6, about 2/3 as long as the tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, more or less egg-shaped, 3-lobed, with 3 very small, rounded crests; seeds 6 or fewer, dull-black.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Allium acuminatum var. cuspidatum Fernald