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Plant A Patch: Fall Glade Onion -- (Allium stellatum)

 

Also called the prairie onion, this late blooming native prefers full sun with some lightly dappled shade in extreme heat.┬áIt does well in sandy or rocky soils and will thrive in shallow soil. The green, grass-like leaves, which often disappear before the 12 – 18 inch flower stalks, give off a strong scent of onion when crushed. Fall glade onion easily self-seeds, so to contain it, deadhead the pinkish-purple flowers and remove the heads from the garden. This allium is deer resistant and bees love it. It is beautiful naturalized, used in borders or in a cottage garden.