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Brown's or Wild Peony
Great Red Paintbrush
Little Elephant's Head
Red Mountain Heather
Sierra Shooting Star
Scientific Name: Allium Validum
Common Name: Swamp Onion
Color: Pink to Lilac
Description: A tight umbel of 15 to 40 flowers with exserted stamens sits atop a tall, leafless stem. Long, basal, grass-like leaves grow from the bulb.
Habitat: Wet meadows and seeps.
Edibility/Toxicity: Entirely edible, but do not confuse with death camas. If it doesn't smell like onion, don't eat it.
Medicinal uses: Onions have been used medicinally for centuries as antiseptics and diuretics. They have been used to treat cuts and burns, impotency, and high cholesterol.
Comments: This tall, hardy onion has a distinct oniony odor.