Allium cepa – Onion

Allium cepa - Onion

– FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Allium cepa, the onion (also called bulb onion or common onion) and the shallot (A. cepa var. aggregatum), is a monocot bulbous perennial (often biannual). It is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium, which includes other important species such as garlic (A. sativum) and leeks (A. ampeloprasum). The name “wild onion” is applied to various Alliums. Allium species are among the oldest cultivated crops. Diverse representations in Egyptian artifacts dating to 2700 B.C. (1) Onions are widely used on cooking in…

661 total views, 3 views today

Read More

Agave Americana – Agave

Agave Americana - Agave

– FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: The largest and most majestic of the native Texas Agaves, Agave americana often grows as tall as 6 feet. Its leaves are gray-blue to blue-green with spines at the tips and on the margins; the older leaves often gracefully arch down. Century plant lives for 10 to 25 years (the “century” is an exaggeration) before it uses all its reserves to produce a magnificent flower stalk that can be 15 feet tall. After that the original plant dies, but is replaced by small…

85 total views, 3 views today

Read More