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Onions: Allium cepa 'Egyptian Walking'

Botanical name: Allium cepa 'Egyptian Walking'

Common name: onion

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created by:
gardengirl

Austin, Tx

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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
Zones: 5a thru 10b
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
biennial
Category:   
Attributes:

deer resistant, rabbit resistant, bee attracting, edible

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description for "Onions: Allium cepa 'Egyptian Walking'"

'Egyptian Walking' onions (Topsetting winter onions) are crazy wonderful clowns in the garden, and a practical addition as well. These perennial onions offer the first green onions in late winter, scallions in early spring, and by late summer you'll be harvesting their topsets for use in picking and canning. The plant develops no flowers but its propagated by dividing clumps in early spring, by planting the topset "bulbils" in fall, or by lettingnNature take her course. In the fall, the towering, hollow stalks that support the topset bulbils will begin to yellow, weaken and will eventually topple, "planting" the bulbils in a new location not far from the mother plant. This unusual "walking" motion is where this onion gets its name. Best when fall planted with fresh sets. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

History:

Allium cepa has been cultivated throughout such a large portion of human history, that the true species is no longer known in the wild.

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