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Nodding Onion

Allium cernuum
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Habitat: Found on dry banks and rocky hillsides.  Commonly found in prairie regions throughout central and southern Alberta.

Description: The Nodding Onion has pinkish-lavender flowers hanging from long stalks.  The plant is recognized easiest by the distinct bend at the end of the stalk.  The leaves are grass-like and circular.  The plant emits an onion-like odour when it is bruised.

Size: 12-50 cm tall

Fun Facts: The leaves and bulbs of the Nodding Onion were eaten raw or used as flavouring by Natives and early settlers of the prairies.

Source:

Cormack, R.G.H. Wild Flowers of Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1977. Print

Scotter, George W., and Flygare, Halle. Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore: Alpine Book Peddlers, 1986. Print

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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is...

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