Allium cepa var. viviparum
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Allium cepa var. viviparum

garden onion
Egyptian onion
top onion
tree onion

  family alliaceae 
  genus allium 

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Genus  Allium Species  cepa Variety  viviparum Cultivar  Common names  garden onion   Egyptian onion   top onion   tree onion Family  ALLIACEAE Specimen number  S12052 Data source  UnVeg p271
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 04 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Allium cepa var. viviparum does best in full sun. It prefers moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The bulbil of this plant and the leaves are both edible. Allium cepa var. viviparum is most often used cooked or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Clumps Crop spacing  5" - 6" Row spacing  10" Cold frame  8 to 10 weeks Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Any Fertilizer  Nitrogen Time to harvest  continuously
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Bulbil   Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has strongly flavored bulbils and classic scallion-flavored leaves
Horticulture notes  The best month for planting is May. Provide 5" spacing when grown in quantity. Provide 10" spacing between rows. Harden in a cold frame for 8 to 10 weeks prior to setting out. Nitrogen is required for optimal growth. Harvesting can occur continuously. Propagation of Allium cepa var. viviparum can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Allium cepa var. viviparum has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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