Allium ×proliferum - really no flowers?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I've seen many websites that say Allium x proliferum, or Allium cepa var. proliferum has bulbils instead of flowers. I found one site that mentioned that it has hermaphrodite flowers, but that site said a few other things at odds with other sites, so I'm not ready to believe it either.

    Is that true, that bulbils don't develop from flowers?
     
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    The bulbils that develop on hardneck garlic and some varieties of onions are a form of asexual reproduction: they are clones of the mother plant. No flowers are involved.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Ah, thanks, vitog.
     

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