Native to all states west of the Rocky Mountains, tapertip onion produces a small bulb that smells like onions. The flowers are pink to purple with yellow anthers, blooming after the leaves have died back in May or June. Prefers well-drained or rocky soil in sun to part-shade. This onion has long been a food source for some Native American tribes. Many small pollinators forage on the flowers. Tapertip onion is perfect for a rock garden or other dry, sunny to part-shade location in the garden or habitat restoration project. This species goes dormant in the summer after going to seed. Like other species that grow from bulbs, tapertip onion can take several years to flower when grown from seed.
Allium acuminatum seed packets contain 1/8 teaspoon of seed.
Seed Germination Instructions
30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.