Common name: Nevada onion
Latin name: Allium nevadense
Family: ALLIACEAE (was Liliaceae)
Height: Stem — 5–15 cm
Description: Low-growing cluster, flower 7–12 mm, petals ovoid to lance-shaped, white or fading to pink with dark pink mid-veins. Usually 5 to 25 flowers on the inflorescence (main stem.)
Leaf: 1.5–2 X stem, cylindric, tip tightly coiled before withering
Range: Desert mountains, Mojave Desert.
Habitat: Sandy or gravelly slopes, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 1280 - 1675 m
Flowering time: Apr-June
Notes: Perennial bulb forb/herb, minor toxicity. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 2.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in California; common elsewhere). Distribution outside California to Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah. This species was photographed in the Castle Peaks area of the Mojave National Preserve, April 2005.
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