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Welcome to an almost daily peek at our beautiful Williamsburg, Virginia which includes the "Historic Triangle" consisting of Colonial Williamsburg -the world’s largest living history museum- Yorktown and Jamestown.

May 12, 2010

The Yorktown Onion, Yorktown, Virginia



The  Yorktown Onion, in this country, is native only to York County, Virginia. Though no one seems certain how it got here - purposely or accidently included in shipments of other seed - it is believed to have come from Russia via England during colonial times.  It is tall and gangly but eye-catching; standing about three feet tall with a thee inch purple head. There are claims that decades ago they were six feet tall with five inch heads.  It is against the law to harvest or collect them.  

6 comments:

lewi14 said...

Wonderful shots. I'm surprised by the loveliness of the onion plant.

Baydog said...

I'm tempted by the presence of this plant. With some beer batter, there could be some lovely fried rings coming from under the soil.

Lois said...

I like them. They are so unusual!

Marka said...

Neato! They make it easy for a kid to see them right at eye level.

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Gena D said...

Gorgeous though ..... I love the first image .. .great depth of field.
Gena D
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