This superb, easy, alpine or garden species has bright, hot-pink to magenta flowers with the stamens sticking out from each flower making the flower ball look fluffy. Thick, flattened, sickle-shaped, blue-green leaves persist until well after flowering. It is native to north eastern California and nearby parts of Oregon and Nevada where the leaves, bulbs, and seeds were utilized as food by the Paiute people.
Sow seeds at any time, covering them very thinly with compost or grit, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed pot in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:broadstemmed onion, flat-stem onion