Allium acuminatum Hook.
Allium acuminatum Hook. var. cuspidatum Fernald
Tapertip Onion, Hooker’s Onion
This member of the onion family has small, spherical bulbs that smell like onions.
Identification: The shape and color of the flowerheads are quite distinctive. About 10-20 flowers form roughly spherical groups 2-3" (5-7.6 cm) in diameter. The flowers are on the boundary between purple and pink.
Edibility: The onion bulbs and leaves are edible, though some are so strong as to be unpalatable. In southern British Columbia, the Thompson Indians used to gather the plants in the spring or fall, cooking them in pits.
Allium acuminatum at the Oregon Flora Image Project
Allium acuminatum on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Allium acuminatum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Allium acuminatum on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Allium acuminatum on CalPhotos
Allium acuminatum on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Allium acuminatum on eFloras
Allium acuminatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.