Alliums with bulbils

arcangelo wessells
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:14:54 PDT
Hi Kathleen,
I don’t know where your coastal prairie is, but it sounds like Allium
vineale. On Mare Island, Vallejo at the north end of San Francisco Bay,
this Allium grows in degraded scrub adjacent to land that had been grazed
by cattle for decades.

Arcangelo Wessells

Surveying a coastal prairie that spent decades as a dairy and then cattle
ranch, I found this allium last summer. 18-24 inches tall, no flowers, just
a head of bulbils, about 1.5-2 inches across. Is there a way to identify
this plant to species? It is now owned by a conservation group, which plans
to remove it over the next few years.

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