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Allium burlewii

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About Burlew's Onion (Allium burlewii) Allium burlewii is a species of wild onion known by the common name Burlew's onion. It is endemic to California, where grows in the granitic soils of several of the central and southern mountain ranges. This is a short-stemmed onion, growing to heights of just a few centimeters from an oval-shaped bulb. It sprouts a single long, pointed onion leaf. The flower cluster contains up to 20 dark-veined purple flowers each up to a centimeter long with dark purple anthers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.2 in (3 cm)

Flower Color
White, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Granitic sands on dry slopes, ridges

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
535' - 10055'

Annual Precip. ?
8.6" - 52.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.27" - 3.55"

Coldest Month ?
27.1° F - 54.0° F

Hottest Month ?
52.7° F - 78.2° F

Humidity ?
1.64 vpd - 24.06 vpd


Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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