Allium cernuum Nodding Pink Onion is a herbaceous perennial herb plant in the onion family (Amaryllidaceae). It is native to North America, where it grows in prairies, meadows, and open woods.
This is herb plant grows from an uncovered long conical bulb. Each top grown bulb consists of single flowering stem. Bell shaped flowers are mostly bent down with yellow pollens and yellow anthers at top of flower. Nodding feature of plant protects the nectars from rain. This is an edible plant having taste of onion, that’s why it is called Nodding Pink Onion. All gardens look stunning where these plants are grown because of their unique showy flowers.
Nodding Pink Onion grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall and has a tall, slender stem with narrow, grass-like leaves that grow to a length of 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 cm). The plant produces clusters of nodding, pink, bell-shaped flowers that bloom from mid-summer to early fall. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Nodding Pink Onion prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. The plant is often used in wildflower gardens, meadow plantings, and naturalistic landscapes. It is also used in traditional medicine, as the plant has been used by Native Americans to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, coughs, and fevers. The bulbs of the plant are edible and have a mild onion flavor.
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Scientific Name: Allium Cernuum
Common Name: Nodding Onion
Plant Type: Bulb
Native Range: North America, Canada to Maxico
Full Growth Height: 1-5 ft
Width in Across: 0.25-0.5ft
Exposure: Full Sun to Light Shade
Blooming Season: June to August
Flower: Showy and Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Black Walnut
Water Requirement: Dry to Medium
Soil Type: Humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soils.
Zones: 4 to 8
Gardening Uses: Rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens or naturalized areas.