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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Late-Summer Wildflowers

ND Parks photo: Pink wild onion
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  Pink wild onion
(Allium stellatum)

Distribution: statewide except west and southwest
Habitat: common in prairies, meadows and woodlands
Flowers: pink in color, flowers cluster at end of stalk
Height: 8-24 inches
Blooms: mid July to late August
Family name: Lily (Liliaceae)
Plant uses and other interesting facts: The Pink wild onion is related to the more common Textile onion (A. textile) which is white and blooms early in the spring. Wild onions can be eaten but can be confused with the poisonous Deathcamas (Zigadenus spp.). A distinct difference is that onions often have garlic-scented bulbs while Deathcamas' bulbs are nearly odorless.

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