Prairie Onion (Allium Stellatum) is a perennial wildflower growing 1 to 2 feet; pink to purple flowers at the top of an arching stem and blooming from July through August. Likes rocky woodland soils from New York to Georgia, west to Texas; west from Minnesota and Michigan to British Columbia. Also known as Autumn Onion, Wild Onion and Cliff Onion. Edible. Deer Resistant.
"Prairie Onion" - Liliaceae Family
Allium is the ancient Latin name for garlic.
|Sun Exposure||Savanna, Prairie|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry|
|Bloom Color||Pink, Purple, Lavender|
|Max. Height||2 Feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||300|
|Seeds Per Ounce||11,000|
Native American tribes (especially the Cherokee) used the bulbs of the Prairie Onion as a treatment for croup, colic, colds and fevers. Following a dose of Horsemint tea, the juice of the Prairie Onion was taken for kidney stones and dropsy. Poultices of this species were often applied as a treatment for respiratory disorders by early settlers. Most of the medicinal effects of the Prairie Onion are similar to, but not as strong as its cousin, Wild Garlic.
Bulb: Raw or cooked. The bulbs are eaten by the N. American Indians. They are rather small, about 4cm tall and 15mm wide.
Leaves: Raw or cooked.
Flowers: Raw - Used as a garnish on salads.
A sweetened decoction of the root has been taken, mainly by children, as a remedy for colds. Although no other specific mention of medicinal uses has been seen for this species, members of this genus are in general very healthy additions to the diet. They contain sulphur compounds (which give them their onion flavour) and when added to the diet on a regular basis they help reduce blood cholesterol levels, act as a tonic to the digestive system and also tonify the circulatory system.
The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.