Allium cernuum

(Nodding Onion)

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Allium cernuum, Medano Pass Road, Saguache Co. 7778

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Allium cernuum, Four MIle Area, Chaffee Co. 0156

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Allium cernuum, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 0179

Scientific Name Allium cernuum USDA PLANTS Symbol ALCE2
Common Name Nodding Onion ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 42721
Family Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5500 to 11000); dry, open areas on hillsides and in meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal leaves to 10 inches long, smooth, grasslike, aromatic when crushed.
Inflorescence: Nodding, many-flowered terminal umbel; individual blossoms 1/4-inch across with 6 pink or white tepals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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