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Allium schoenoprasum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Alliaceae (Onion)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, roadsides, wasteland, waterside.

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Many dense balls of pink-purple flowers on long unbranched stems, each having 2 short and narrow papery bracts. Individual flowers tubular with 5 petals at the end, consisting of a dark vein running down each petal.
Fruit:
A capsule or pod.
Leaves:
Long cylindrical grass-like leaves which sprout from the ground in clumps. The leaves are soft and hollow.
Aroma:
Smells strongly, like onions, hence they are in the same family.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

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