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Allium canadense

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: canadense (ka-na-DEN-see) (Info)

Synonym:Allium acetabulum
Synonym:Allium canadense var. canadense
Synonym:Allium canadense var. ovoideum
Synonym:Allium canadense var. robustum
Synonym:Allium continuum

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive texasflora_com On Apr 14, 2009, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I never have to buy onions since this one and drummondii onion grow prolifically here. These are great on baked potatoes, with eggs/omelettes, hamburger helper, or anything you want to add onions to.

Negative vossner On Feb 16, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wild onions ruin the look of my beds. Pretty white flowers but they ruin the look of my beds! No matter what I do, they keep multiplying throughout my landscape. IMO, its only redeeming quality is the lovely onion frag. when freshly mowed.

I consider this plant my worst weed, ever.

Positive growth_is_good On Apr 3, 2007, growth_is_good from Liberty Hill, TX wrote:

Strong garlic fragrance; identification by bulbous root with layers. Edible when Bulb reaches maturity. Can be seeded, or bulbs can be propogated as well or kept dried.

Bloom Color: White, Pink, lilac/lavender
Bloom Time: April thru May for TX region.

Native Distribution: N.B. to SD, s. to n. FL & TX
Habitat: Open woods; prairies, native grass
Midwest, Rocky Mountain, Southwest, Canada

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I grow this plant (var. canadense) in the vegetable garden. It has smooth, flat leaves that can be used in place of chives, the young onions can be harvested and used the same way as you would green onions, and mature bulbs can be harvested to used the same as the yellow or white onions in the store. It produces clusters of small white flowers in the early spring which will become little bulblets. Each bulblet will form a new plant. The plant goes dormant in the summer and re-emerges in the fall.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake City, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Hinsdale, Illinois
Leavenworth, Kansas
Brookeville, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Wilsons Mills, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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