Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

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  • North U.S. native wildflower
  • Low grassy clump, bearing upright stems with tiny bell-shaped clusters of soft pink to lilac flowers in late spring.
  • Foliage dies back in late summer

Height: 12-18 in
Spread: 8-10 in

Zone: 4-8
Color: Pink

Interesting Notes about Allium cernuum:

Host to the Hairstreak Butterfly Caterpillar

Found in prairies, rocky outcrops and at the edge of dry open woodlands in the Eastern and Western United States and Canada.

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Pollinators


  • Ground Cover
  • Self seeds in optimum conditions
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • can be planted under Black Walnut Trees
  • Disease Resistant
  • Dried Flower/Foliage
  • Rock Garden
  • Container
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Native

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained

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