Botanical Name: Allium haematochiton
Common Name: Red-Skinned Onion
Perennial herb that smells like onion and is edible. "Allium" meaning Latin for "garlic" and "haematochiton" is Greek for "blood and coat", which refers to the color of the skin of the bulb. A nice addition to a grassland landscape.
Plant Family: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Height by Width: 1' H
Growth Habit: Clumps of grass-like leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer dormant
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requiremenets: Dry summer dormancy
Cold Hardy to: 2,400'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White-rose
Endangered? Not Listed
Distribution: South Coast and Outer South Coast Ranges, Western Transverse and Peninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Dry slopes and ridges in the southern coastal and penninsular mountains below 2400'
Under Oaks: FALSE
Care and Maintenance