Perennial herb from a lopsided-egg-shaped, scaly bulb, the outer scales papery-white or greyish, without a fibrous network; flowering stems ascending to erect, 5-8 cm tall, flattened, 2-angled or -winged, the margins obscurely scalloped.
Basal leaves usually 2, flattened, curved and hooked at the tips, distinctly longer than the flowering stem, 1-3 mm wide, smooth, the margins sometimes minutely toothed; stem leaves lacking.
Inflorescence a compact, terminal umbel of several to many, stalked flowers, above 2 membranous, broadly lanceolate bracts, the stalks about as long as the flowers; flowers pink to rose-purple, bell-shaped, of 6 distinct tepals, the tepals 6-12 mm long, oblong-lanceolate tapering to pointed tips; stamens 6, about 2/3 as long as the tepals; pistil 1, 3-chambered.
Capsules, more or less egg-shaped, 3-lobed, with 6 low, rounded crests; seeds 6 or fewer, black.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||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 cascadense M. Peck
Allium vancouverense Macoun
Allium watsonii Howell