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Slimleaf Onion Bulbs (Allium amplectens) - Pre-Order Now for Fall 2024 (10 Ct.)

Original price $19.55 - Original price $19.55
Original price
$19.55 - $19.55
Current price $19.55

Edible and extremely drought tolerant

Pre-Order Now for Fall 2024 Shipping (Shipping starts late October 2024).

Naturally occurring from southern BC southward to California, slimleaf onion arises in the spring with thin, non-descript leaves, gradually producing bulbous swollen flower buds, wrapped within semi-transparent leaf sheaths. These leaf sheaths open to reveal perfect pom-pom umbels of star-shaped white to pinkish flowers, attracting numerous small bees, gentle solitary predatory wasps hungry for nectar, syrphid flies, and tiny pollen-gorging beetles.

Reaching up to about a foot in height, slimleaf onion tolerates “winter-wet, summer-dry” soils (including both rocky ground as well as heavy clay soils) but it tends to prefer very hot, dry, summer conditions during which it goes dormant to conserve moisture. This plant is very much deer resistant and quite showy. 

An interesting detail with this plant is that during flowering the lower leaves tend to dieback and wither away into the undergrowth leaving the impression of “floating” flowers within a grassy sward. Excellent as a beautiful contrasting companion plant for things like barestem biscuit root and Oregon sunshine in “gravel gardens,” or for planting as small drifts within an existing meadow. 

Pre-order now for fall shipping (beginning in late October -- on a first order in -- first order out basis). 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to phytosanitary restrictions, we are unable to ship bulbs to Canada at this time.

--We offer these in units of 10 bulbs--