Taper-Tip Onion (Allium acuminatum)

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An incredibly showy little plant!

Tapertip Onion has a relatively short stature, but packs quite a punch! Starting in the spring, it sends up bright balls of pink flowers. These are well liked by pollinators, and look good along the edge of a garden.

A true onion, Tapertip Onion has edible leaves and bulbs, though these should only be consumed in small quantities.

Typically found on dry rocky hillsides and volcanic areas, Tapertip Onion is very drought tolerant and tends to like a lot of sun.

Photo Credit: By Wallace Keck - http://www.nps.gov/pwr/pgallerycontent/p/l/20080803104154.JPG, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5858974

Photo Credit: By Matt Lavin from Bozeman, Montana, USA - Allium acuminatum, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10636507

Perennial (Multiple years)
Full sun to mostly sun
Usually dry, well-drained soil. Can take moisture, but must dry out in summer
Up to one foot
Bright magenta
Bloom Period:
Mid spring through early summer
Long, grasslike, edible
Native Range:
Western United States into southern BC
Typical Habitat:
Dry, sunny hillsides, volcanic slopes, dry meadows