Asphodelus fistulosus Linnaeus, 1753
Common names: Onionweed, Onion-leafed asphodel, Pink asphodel, Hollow-stemmed Asphodel [En], Asphodèle fistuleux [Fr], Röhriger Affodill [De], Gamoncillo [Es], Ασφόδελος ο Μικρόκαρπος, Ασφόδελος ο κοίλος [Gr], Çirişotu [Tu]
Invasive species (in United States)
Manoles, KARPATHOS ● Greece
Description: Annual or short-lived perennial herb growing a hollow stem up to 70 cm tall. The root system has a series of tuber-like parts at the base of the stem. The plant takes the form of a large tuft of onion-like rounded hollow leaves up to 30 cm long.
The inflorescence is a panicle with widely-spaced flowers. Each flower is 5 to 12 mm wide with six tepals which are generally white or very pale pink with a neat central longitudinal stripe of brown to reddish-purple. The fruit is a rounded capsule containing six seeds.
Biology: The flowers are diurnal, closing at night and in overcast or low-light weather conditions.
Habitat: Dry, rocky places, uncultivated soils.
Distribution: Native to the Mediterranean region and from India. Naturalised in other regions where it can be invasive, like in Southern USA, Mexico, Australia.
Wikipedia, Asphodelus fistulosus