Allium amplectens

narrowleaf onion
Allium amplectens in Linn County, Oregon
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Tribe: Allieae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. amplectens
Binomial name
Allium amplectens
  • Allium acuminatum var. gracile Alph.Wood
  • Allium attenuatum Kellogg
  • Allium attenuifolium Kellogg
  • Allium attenuifolium var. monospermum (Jeps. ex Greene) Jeps.
  • Allium monospermum Jeps. ex Greene
  • Allium occidentale A.Gray
  • Allium reticulatum Benth.
  • Allium serratum S.Watson

Allium amplectens is a species of wild onion known by the common name narrowleaf onion. It is native to British Columbia, Oregon, Washington State and California, where it grows in woods and especially in clay and serpentine soils.[2][3]

Allium amplectens grows from a pinkish-brown bulb and sends up a naked green stem topped with an inflorescence. When closed, the inflorescence is wrapped in bright pink to magenta bracts. These open to produce between 10 and 50 shiny white to pale pink flowers, each under a centimeter wide. The six stout stamens and the ovary are white or tinted pink or lavender.[3][4][5][6]

Cultivars include 'Graceful'.


  1. The Plant List
  2. Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. 1 2 Flora of North America v 26 p 262
  4. Torrey, John. 1857. Reports of explorations and surveys : to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, made under the direction of the Secretary of War 4(5): 148
  5. Hitchcock, C. H., A.J. Cronquist, F. M. Ownbey & J. W. Thompson. 1969. Vascular Cryptogams, Gymnosperms, and Monocotyledons. 1: 1–914. In C. L. Hitchcock Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press, Seattle.
  6. Hickman, J. C. 1993. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California 1–1400. University of California Press, Berkeley.

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