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Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion

Nodding Onion - Allium cernuum
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Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum) is a perennial that grows from an edible bulb. It produces soft, grass-like leaves and a leafless flowering stem that bends like a "shepherd's crook" with a cluster of white or pink flowers that nod toward the ground. It is a long-lived, super hardy plant that looks great in short prairie gardens or meadows, and the whole plant is edible with a mild oniony scent. The city of Chicago gets its name from the Algonquin Indian name for this plant, "chigagou," since wild onion grew profusely in that area.


Soil Moisture:  Moderate, Wet

Sun Exposure:  Full Sun

Height:  1' - 2'

Spread:  6 - 12 inches

Hardiness Zone:  3 - 8

Bloom Color:  White, Pink

Bloom Time:  July, August

Attracts:  Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds



Allium is a genus of 550 - 700 species of flowering plants that include onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, and chives. Allium is the Latin word for garlic, but its common name is onion, and it has been cultivated for many years as an important food crop or garden vegetable. Its flowers form an umbel at the top of a leafless stalk, and its bulbs vary in size depending on the species. The characteristic onion/garlic taste and odor comes from chemical compounds called cysteine sulfoxides, and the pungency depends on the sulfate content of the soil that it grows in.

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