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
Family Amaryllidaceae
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
Flower color Pink
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators
Additional Information Native to North America
Location in Lurie Garden West Meadow