Hardiness: USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Chartreuse (Yellow-Green) Cream/Tan
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Aromatic Rubbery-Textured
Other details: Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
On Jan 23, 2013, Bellsp from Warrington, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Love this work horse of the garden! Top and bottom set. You have to see to believe! Definite heirloom, given to me by my great uncle JB, who had it forever himself! You'll never not have onions again. Great chopped in salads, soups, stews, dressing, etc.
On Jul 7, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
These Egyptian Walking Onions should be in more gardens! They provide scallions so early the garden can't be worked to plant other vegetables. Also in the late fall, from summer-planed topsets. I've grown them in containers and in the ground. Both options work well. The onion has a stronger flavor than many other onions, which is fine for me. These onions are easy to grow. They make a great gift for other gardeners. My great aunt gave me a start 45 years ago, and who knows how long she grew them or who gave them to her.
On Oct 16, 2010, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
My favorite onion even though it's on the hot side and doesn't make a huge bulb. These are forever onions. Once you plant them, you should always have onions unless they happen to be growing in an extremely dry area and go way too long with no water. Not only do they make topsets of multiple baby onions, even the baby onions branch off and make their OWN babies. The main underground bulb also multiplies. A definite heirloom. Check out my pictures.
This is a great source of year-round green onions. They are still green even through the summer in dry Northern California. Multiplier onions, which are similar, seem to need to be cured as bulbs and replanted. I find the bulbs laborious to peel for such a small amount of onion, but the green onions are great. Much easier than remembering to put seeds or sets down for green onions every couple of weeks, and interesting looking!
found it initially growing in a windbreak near Recluse, WY; first time ever seen. now growing in Lewistown and Helena, MT; will plant this fall in Conrad, MT. extremely hardy to survive the site in Recluse.
On May 31, 2006, Silphion from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
I got my Egyptian Onion through Richter's as part of a catastrophically delayed order (not really Richter's fault and they were very nice about refunding the $$) and though it looked very very dead I planted it in my garden and forgot about it until this spring.
I'm put in mind of two things when I see this plant 1: the myth of Medusa and 2: those funky Escher drawings that have that fractal quiality of infinate mirror repetition (I think "Medusa Onion" is another quite fitting name)
It does not surprise me to see no negitive reviews as yet; it is truly an interesting plant. I love the way the typical onion stalks pop on thier ends to reveal the onions which in turn have thier own stalks that pop revieling progressively smaller "heads" of contorted growth. I have mine planted next to a Contorted Filbert (H.L.W.S.) and the effect of one twisting through the other is marvolous! I hope Dr. Suess had one in his garden~
On Jun 24, 2005, paste592 from Westminster, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
This dear plant makes me smile, just looking at it! It "walks" casually about its area of my garden, leaving next generation's starter wherever it strolls. Mine fits well in the mid-border of a flower bed. And if it gets too pushy, the shoots that are weeded out go in the cookpot!
It's an old plant -- samples grow in our County's heirloom garden, which dates to the 1850s. And it's a great conversation piece!
On Jan 16, 2005, Badseed from Lynchburg, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
These are great! You can eat the stalks as chives, eat the small top sets or eat the bottom bulbs. They self sow enough to keep you in constant supply, but don't seem to be a pest so long as you harvest.
On May 10, 2004, GreenAtHeart from Franklin Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
In my Chicago garden it seems almost impossible to kill this plant. It survives extreme winters and summers, flooding and drought. While not "invasive" it replants itself easily. In my garden near Dixon, IL, it thrives in near proximity to Black Walnut trees where many other plants have failed.
I found three of these plants across the street from my house with tiny bulbs growing out of the top and small, underdeveloped-looking onions at the bottom. Being adventerous (if not somewhat stupid) I ate the "onions" - VERY hot, but excellent, and planted the bulbs. That was about 6 weeks ago, and I already have what appears to be green onion-type stalks above ground that range from 6-10".
So far, so good, except that I haven't the foggiest idea what to do next. All in all, though, they seem pretty hardy, and they taste great.
On Jul 15, 2003, Cheverie from Cheverie, NS Canada wrote:
Never heard of this herb until I found one for sale at a perennial sale. Have planted it in the garden and there seems to be little bulblets coming out of the top. Love this herb and it is a true conversation piece in my garden. I live in Nova Scotia Canada and it is growing very well here.
On Apr 12, 2003, dtroost from san antonio, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I'm nuts about them; I grew them in Casper, Wyoming (U.S.), zone 4, 20 years ago. I found generous sources to start again in San Antonio, Texas (zone 8) around February 1. Easy to grow. I could be eating them but want to multiply my stash.
I don't remember how long it takes to mature but should be obvious when the bulblets appear - looks like it will be soon.
On Aug 30, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Possibly A. cepa viviparum.
Instead of blooms, these produce topsets. After harvesting the parent plant, break off the bulbils, separate and plant for next year's crop. That's just the neatest thing! I LOVE these onions! Definitely a conversation piece in the garden.
On Aug 30, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
So far, so good. A few dozen plants are already filling in a 15 square-foot bed. Looking forward to onions this winter!
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (3 reports) Clayhatchee, Alabama Wedowee, Alabama Sierra Vista Southeast, Arizona Bigelow, Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Alameda, California Simi Valley, California Stanford, California Vallejo, California Clifton, Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Bozrah, Connecticut Combee Settlement, Florida Warrington, Florida Dallas, Georgia Danielsville, Georgia Geneva, Illinois Mackinaw, Illinois Bloomington, Indiana Kimmell, Indiana Newburgh, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Des Moines, Iowa Prospect, Kentucky New Orleans, Louisiana Falmouth, Maine Lake View, Maine North Waterford, Maine Oxford, Maine North Laurel, Maryland Salem, Massachusetts Andover, Minnesota Arden Hills, Minnesota Fridley, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Woodland, Minnesota Marietta, Mississippi Saucier, Mississippi Holden, Missouri Carson City, Nevada Manchester, New Hampshire Hamilton, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico Cayuga Heights, New York East Massapequa, New York West Kill, New York Boone, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Medora, North Dakota Saint Martin, Ohio Williamsburg, Ohio (2 reports) Brush Creek, Oklahoma Hulbert, Oklahoma Portland, Oregon Wilsonville, Oregon Greencastle, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Landisburg, Pennsylvania Penbrook, Pennsylvania Laurens, South Carolina Middleton, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Dallas, Texas De Leon, Texas Everman, Texas Houston, Texas Kerrville, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Weimar, Texas Hampton, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Colville, Washington Garfield, Washington Vancouver, Washington Porterfield, Wisconsin Johnstown, Wyoming Riverton, Wyoming Upton, Wyoming