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Hooker’s Onion

Scientific name

Allium Acuminatum


Hooker's Onion, also called taper-tip onion, is a bulbous perennial that typically grows between 0.1-0.3m tall. Bulbs are small, spherical, light brown, and grow in clusters. Hooker's onion plants bears leaves that are predominantly grey-green. Flowers are on stalks that are are 10-30cm tall, and are found in clusters of 5-30. The sepals and petals of the flowers are mainly pink, but can vary from rosy purple to pearly white. All parts of the plant have a distinct onion odor and taste, and the flowers provide nectar for many pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.

Planting conditions

Hooker's Onion prefers sites with full sun and with dry, well draining, sandy to rocky soils. They thrive on the dry sides of hills and in sunny, rocky meadows at low to mid elevations. They are very drought tolerant.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Eco Zone:
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
    • 8a
    • 8b
  • Plant type:
    • Ground Cover
  • Height:
    • 30cm
  • Spread:
    • 30cm