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Abrams' Allium
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Allium abramsii

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About Abrams' Allium (Allium abramsii) Allium abramsii is a species of wild onion known by the common name Abrams' onion. It is endemic to the central Sierra Nevada in California, where it grows in the coniferous forest understory in granite sand soils. This onion grows from one or more bulbs each just over a centimeter wide attached to a thick rhizome. It reaches a maximum height of about 15 centimeters with usually one curving cylindrical leaf. The flower cluster contains up to 40 pink or purplish flowers with lance-shaped petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
5.9 in (15 cm)

Flower Color
White, Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Granitic sand


Elevation ?
1950' - 8811'

Annual Precip. ?
25.5" - 47.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.37" - 1.87"

Coldest Month ?
28.3° F - 48.0° F

Hottest Month ?
52.0° F - 73.1° F

Humidity ?
1.16 vpd - 22.52 vpd


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Abrams' Onion

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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