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Egyptian Walking Onion Allium proliferum

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Perennial green onions, they make top bulbils that will fall over and replant themselves, given that name walking onion.

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The Egyptian Walking Onion Allium proliferum. Perennial green onions. They make top bulbils that will fall over and replant themselves, given that name walking onion.

Egyptian Walking Onion Allium proliferum

Tree onions, topsetting onions, walking onions, or Egyptian onions. They are similar to common onions , but with a cluster of bulblets where a normal onion would have flowers. Genomic evidence has conclusively shown that they are a hybrid of the common onion and the Welsh onion. However, some sources may still treat the tree onion as A. cepa var. proliferum or A. cepa Proliferum Group. Tree onion bulblets will sprout and grow while still on the original stalk, which may bend down under the weight of the new growth and take root some distance from the parent plant, giving rise to the name “walking onion”. It has been postulated that the name “Egyptian onion” is derived from tree onions being brought to Europe from the Indian subcontinent by the Romani people.

The phenomenon of forming bulblets instead of flowers is also seen in garlic and other alliums, which sometimes may also be referred to as top onions or tree onions. The bulblets are usually marble-sized, between 0.5 cm to 3 cm in diameter.

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