Wild onions were used as food by the native Americans and by
the early settlers. The men of the Lewis and Clark expedition
used them to add flavoring to their meat.
The species that occur in our area grow commonly on the dry
gravelly hillsides. The plants are about 8 inches tall.
They bloom in May and June.
Another species of wild onion, in the same genus. The flower
blossoms are lighter in color and are more open. Both species
have the typical onion odor.
by Sandra Bray
Wasatch Mountain foothills
Salt Lake County, Utah