PINK WILD ONION
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Allium stellatum  Ker
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 8-24 inches
Family: Liliaceae - Lily Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Also Called: Prairie onion, autumn onion.
Stems: Flowering stalks erect, slender, leafless, arising from bulbs .75 to 1.25 inches thick.
Leaves: Basal, several, linear, grass-like, shorter than flowering stalks, less than 1/5 inch wide, channeled, nearly flat, usually withering by flowering.
Inflorescences: Umbels, erect, several- to many-flowered, terminal, subtended by 2 spathe bracts; bracts downward pointing, each 7-nerved.
Flowers: Perianths deep pink, star-shaped, on threadlike stalks 2-3 times as long as perianth; perianth segments 6, all similar, 1/4 to 1/3 inch long; tips pointed; stamens 6, longer than perianth segments.
Fruits: Capsules, small, rounded; seeds black.
Habitat: Dry prairies, especially rocky sites associated with limestone.
Distribution: East half of Kansas.
Uses: The bulbs and young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

Pink wild onion
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Pink wild onion flowers
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas