Are these wild onions?

peachymomo(Ca 8)April 12, 2013

I saw these flowers in my backyard for the first time this spring, when the foliage is bruised it smells oniony, does that mean they are wild onions? If so, will they be a good addition to my 'woodland meadow' or should I be worried? I think they are very pretty, but I have heard that wild onions and garlic can be quite aggressive. I would like to let them stay and proliferate if that's not a terrible idea.

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nonmember_gw

Looks like Allium triquetrum.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 7:07PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yes, it is, and they can be aggressive growers. The other side of the coin is that they die off early and you can plant something else in the spot, the same way you do with spring bulbs or oxalis.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 10:51PM
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peachymomo(Ca 8)

I wanted to plant some naturalizing bulbs in the meadow area of my yard anyway, and these have appeared in the corner farthest from my garden so I think I'll let them stay.

Thanks for the quick answers!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 10:16AM
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