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Allium nevii
"Allium nevii" in Kittitas County, Washington USA
Allium nevii in Kittitas County, Washington USA
Scientific classification

Allium douglasii var. nevii (S. Wats.) Ownbey & Mingrone

Allium nevii, known by the common name Nevius' onion or Nevius' garlic, is a plant species native to central Washington (Klickitat, Yakima, Kittitas and Chelan Counties) and north-central Oregon (Wasco and Hood River Counties) in the United States. It grows in wet meadows and along stream banks at elevations up to 2000 m.


Allium nevii produces egg-shaped bulbs up to 2 cm across. One plant will generally have 1-3 scapes, each round or slightly flattened and up to 25 cm tall. Flowers are in umbels of as many as 30 flowers, each bell-shaped and about 7 mm across. Tepals are rose-colored; anthers and pollen blue.


Historically, Allium nevii was treated as part of the Allium douglasii alliance. Both A. douglasii and A. nevii were placed in the Ownbey Allium falcifolium alliance and subsequently by Traub in subsection Falcifolia, section Lophioprason, subgenus Amerallium (see Taxonomy of Allium).

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