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Geyer’s Onion Allium geyeri var. tenerum

Unmistakable with tiny bulbs replacing some of the flowers, this rare onion employs two strategies to survive in it’s harsh environment, releasing both seed and small plantlets. It occurs only at a couple of sites along the south coast of Salt Spring Island, on nitrogen enriched coastal bluffs and small islets just above the high tide line. Flowers in May.

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