Hi everyone! Today’s wildflower is the “white wild onion”. I was actually very surprised to see this one yesterday since this is more of a western species and not listed as being in our area. This is also the first time I have ever seen this species, so it was quite exciting for me. We do have another species of wild onion which I will try to get a picture of soon and talk about it too. Anyway, this is a native wildflower that likes full sun and dry sandy or rocky soil. These onions, about 50 of them were on a granite hillside with very little soil. They do have an onion smell when the stem is broken and from the bulbs, which are usually 2 or 3 small bulbs. Apparently all parts of the wild onion are edible but the stems can be dry and woody. Care must be taken however, if there is no onion smell, don’t eat it. They grow up to 10 inches (25cm) tall with flower clusters that are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5cm) across. They generally bloom in May and June, though these are blooming nicely, with lots more to come, in mid July. In Canada they can be found in our 3 prairie provinces, plus obviously here in NW Ontario. In the US they can be found from Minnesota to Oklahoma and west but not including California or Oregon. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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