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Parish's Onion

Allium parishii

Parish's Onion, Allium parishii, © by Michael Plagens

Many dark pink and white flowers are set in umbels. Observed near Cottonwood Spring, Joshua Tree National Monument, California, USA. May 2010.

PERENNIAL HERB: Regrows in late winter and early spring from below ground bulb.

LEAVES: Leaves linear and grass like with onion odor. The leaves are clustered at the soil surface.

RANGE: Far western Arizona and southeast California. Found in the Colorado portion of the Sonoran Desert and more commonly in the Mojave Desert.

FLOWERS: The clusters of flowers are very showy pink and white and appear in mid spring. Six tepals.


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