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Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

Found on ledges, in dry meadows, gravel, rocky or wooded slopes, this delicate onion has gently nodding pink flowers in late spring. Beautiful in the garden or naturalized in a meadow. Easy, dependable and very drought tolerant once established.

Height: 10-12 Inches
Spread: 8-10 Inches
Zone: 3-9
Color: Pink

Nodding Onion Characteristics & Attributes

Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Dry Shade
Open Pollinated
Native to Northeast
Mass Planting
Dry Sun
Rock Garden
Drought Tolerant
Native to US
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Nodding Onion

Full sun in moist, average or dry soil. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant once established. Will tolerate light shade, but will give best show in full sun.

Interesting Notes

Easy to identify by its distinctive, nodding, pastel lilac-pink flowers, Nodding Onion survives in challenging sites. Native to the US, this diminutive 1-2' Allium thrives on rocky outcrops, dry woodlands, and bone dry prairies. In the garden tuck a handful here and there, among rockery, in the woodland popping up through Carex foliage, nestled up against a tree trunk, or in the sunny rock garden. It readily reseeds. If this is not desired, deadhead when the flowers fade. Niche Gardens