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Fringed Onion
Allium fimbriatum

About Fringed Onion (Allium fimbriatum) Allium fimbriatum is a species of wild onion known by the common name fringed onion. It is native to California and Baja California. The fringed onion grows from a reddish-brown bulb one to two centimeters wide and sends up a naked brown or green stem. Atop the stem is an flower cluster of up to 75 flowers, each just under a centimeter wide on average. The flowers are variable in color, from pink to purple and often with white areas. The petals are also variable in shape, from narrow and pointy to spade-shaped. There are several distinct varieties of the species as well.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Purple, Pink, White, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes and flats


Elevation ?
325' - 10233'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 45.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.26" - 2.54"

Coldest Month ?
25.7° F - 54.0° F

Hottest Month ?
47.5° F - 84.9° F

Humidity ?
0.94 vpd - 36.04 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Wild 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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