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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3 4 4b 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b 9 USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Egyptian walking onions are a unique plant which produces the next generation in a crown of bulblets atop their stalks in lieu of flowers. As the bulblets grow, their weight pulls them to the ground, where they take root to grow new plants. While the young bulbs are mild and can be used as scallions, old bulbs are quite pungent.

    Latin Name

    Allium x proliferum


    Family

    Amaryllidaceae


    Also Known As

    Tree onion , Topsetting onion ,


    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials
    Vegetables Vegetables

    Seasons

    Spring Spring
    Fall Fall
    Summer Summer

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 1.5'
    Max spread Max Spread: 1'

    Uses

  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Colors


    History

    Bernard McMahon of Philadelphia listed walking onions in his 1802 seed catalog.


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