Unidentified Allium

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

I came upon this flower on a walk yesterday afternoon. It looks like some kind of allium but as you probably know there are one of two or gazillions of allium species out there. I searched high and low but have been unable to identify it. It carries some interesting features worth noting: the flowers grow upwards with a spiked or columnar shape (most of the garden variety alliums are globed) and the stems are very dark, almost black.

Gayla Trail
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5 thoughts on “Unidentified Allium

  1. Very pretty. I love the slight purple outline on the petals. Very very interesting with the dark stems and the buds with the yellow bits on them. Of course great shot too.

  2. The flower is a Camassia, which is in the lily family. Camas (common name) is a Pacific Northwest native and prefers wetland areas. The flowers are typically bluish/purple, but, some rare species of white ones reside in the lower Willamette Valley in Oregon. The bulb of Camas was a staple food many moons ago, but, there is also a creme colored species called “death Camas” which is highly toxic.

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