Allium Stellatum by Nightfall

I see beautiful white stars on this hot summer night, though I’ve cast my eyes down, not up. By the light of the moon, Allium Stellatum, also known as  Prairie Onions, are covered in tiny, star-like blooms.  The Allium set buds nearly two weeks ago. This evening they’re covered in flowers.  A light, sweet onion scent lingers above the soil

Many flowers close up shop for the evening. It’s a nice surprise finding these tiny flowers wide awake and enjoying the August heat.

Allium Stellatum or Prairie Onion

Allium Stellatum or Prairie Onion

Allium Stellatum

Star light, star bright

True star-gazers might catch a falling star tonight as the Perseids shower the night sky with meteors.  They will reach their August peak this weekend, visible to the naked eye in most parts of North America.

9 thoughts on “Allium Stellatum by Nightfall

  1. Are those a bulb when you plant them Alys? I had such a busy weekend, I’m reading your post too late for the tip on star watching, dang. I really notice a big difference since we moved to the city. Out at the lake, no other lights but the starry ski and moon, we’ll miss that.


    • I think it would be a huge adjustment moving from a lake to the city. My in-laws lived in the mountains when they were alive, and we would enjoy a similar view of the stars from the deck. So much gets lost with all the light pollution where we live.

      I believe they are bulbs, but what is strange is I don’t have any memory of planting them. Sometimes I receive potted plants as gifts, and when they go dormant indoors, I move them outside into a pot and see what unfolds the following year. I think these must have been from something like that.


        • I’ve planted bulbs in the spring and fall, but they don’t always come up. Some need to be tricked into thinking they’ve gone through winter by refrigerating them for six weeks prior to planting. We just don’t get cold enough for many of them.


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