Walking onions are perennials; they overwinter and grow back when the weather warms up.
Now that it's July, the bulbs are getting some size to them, but there are still lots of tiny onion bulbs in that clump too. Each tiny bulb will grow into a new plant.
Why are they called walking onions? In late spring the plants bloom, just like regular onions. (I should have taken a picture then, but that's when hubby had his surgery so I had other things on my mind.) Walking onions don't make seeds though.
The hollow onion stalks can be cut and eaten like green onions. The onions can be harvested, but once you do, that plant won't grow back. Cutting the stalk with the bulblets will encourage the plant to grow larger onions.
I'm not harvesting any of the onions this year, I'm letting the patch grow and become established, but eventually I can pull and eat some of the larger onion bulbs.
Don't you just love perennial vegetables?
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