Flowering Onion

Umbrella Plant

Umbrella Plant © 2011 Bo Mackison

This unusual plant is formally called the Allium Bulgaricum, but really, it is a member of the well-known onion family, even though it doesn’t LOOK like an onion nor does it SMELL like an onion and it defitely did not make my eyes water when I got near enough to photograph it.

It is quite the unusual flower as it has a cascade of small bell-shaped flowers arching from the center of the plant.These flowers are a wondrous mix of  unexpected colors – pale yellow, dusty pink, a light shade of magenta, a bit of bluish-green.

Typically they flower in May and June, but this year I saw a few blooming as late as mid-July.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. Bo is spending a great deal of time outdoors this summer, talking to the flowers!


About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Is it edible? It would certainly pretty up your everyday cheeseburger. 🙂

    It reminds me of the fireworks that explode and then cascade streamers of glistening light towards the ground.

    Very nice.

    • It does have a nice arch like a firework cascade, G. Not so sure you’d want it on your cheeseburger though, unless you were washing it down with a cold one.

  2. That’s a very pretty photo! We have one here that is similar, called the “Nodding Onion” (Allium cernuum). It does smell and taste like an onion.

  3. It is a nice looking flower, onion or not, LOL

  4. A delicate and unusual flower. I’m partial to flowers of the onion family.

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