nodding wild onion
Allium cernuum (nodding wild onion), a native onion species, gets its common name from the growth habit of its scape (leafless flower stalk), which curves downward, giving the flower the appearance of nodding.
If the leaves of this plant are bent or bruised, they give off the familiar odor of onions. It’s no surprise then that the bulbs of nodding wild onion were once used in cooking.
|Botanical Name||Allium cernuum|
|Common Name||nodding wild onion|
|USDA Zone||4 through 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall|
|Height and Spread||1-1.5 ft. x 0.25-0.5 ft|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators|
|Additional Information||Native to North America|
|Location in Lurie Garden||West Meadow|