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Allium x proliferum

Egyptian Walking Onion

Tree Onion, Topset Onion
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Plant Facts

Scientific Name Allium x proliferum
Principal Common Name Egyptian Walking Onion
Common Name(s) Tree Onion, Topset Onion
Synonym
Description (formerly classified as Allium cepa var. viviparum, bulbiferum or proliferum) is a cross between Allium cepa, the cultivated onion, and Allium fistulosum, the Welsh onion. It gets its common name from the way it “walks” across the garden. Instead of flowers, this plant produces topsets, a cluster of bulbils, at the top of the stalk where the flowers and seeds would normally be. The stalks eventually flop over from the weight of the bulbils (if not harvested) and replant themselves, thus beginning their “walk” across the ground. Source the Wisconsin-Madison Master Gardener Program.
General Comments
Origin
Nativity
Height Range 8 - 18 IN
Spread Range 4 - 6 IN
Flower Showy N
Warning
Sunset Zones
USDA Zones 3a : 3b : 4a : 4b : 5a : 5b : 6a : 6b : 7a : 7b : 8a : 8b : 9a : 9b : 10a : 10b
Leaf Color Green
Leaf Texture Hollow : Narrow : Pointed
Form
Flower Color
Flower Time
Months
Ease of Growing Easy
Light Preferences Sun (minimum 8 hours direct sun) : Part Sun
Soil Preferences Well-drained
Watering Preferences Medium
Outstanding Features Edible : Form

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