Wild Onion

Asphodelus fistulosus

Often in alkaline, sandy or well drained soil in Winter rainfall areas. Seed very resilient in soil.
  • Family Asphodelaceae
  • Origin Mediterranean
  • Habit Annual, Bi-ennial or short lived perennial herb with rigid hollow stems that form a large onion like tuft to growing to 75 cm.
  • Leaves Hollow onion-like leaves to 30 cm
  • Flowers In Spring are white or very pale pink, 1.5 – 2 cm and grow alternately along the stem. They have a longitudinal strip of brown to red purple and close at night or in low light
  • Fruit A rounded capsule divided into 3 segments each with 1-2 seeds
  • Roots Not a true onion, does not have a bulb, but tuber like parts as base of stem
  • Dispersal Seeds spread on vehiclesm machinery, animals, clothing, running water
  • Control Hand pull small infestations. For larger infestations spray with registered herbicide.
Reported to cause dermatitis.

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