Allium cernuum
Nodding Onion

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Deer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
Nodding Onion
Allium cernuum

Easy to identify by its distinctive, nodding, pastel lilac-pink flowers in late spring, Nodding Onion thrives in challenging sites such as hot sun and gravely soil. It is strikingly beautiful and is well-suited a formal or wild garden, as well as a natural meadow. Easy, dependable and very drought tolerant once established.

Easy to Grow
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Excellent nectar source for native bees
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
Drought Tolerant

Native Range

Found on ledges, in dry meadows, gravel, rocky or wooded slopes from New York to Michigan and British Columbia, south to Arizona and North Georgia.

Distribution Map

Interesting Facts

Though all parts are edible, nodding onion is not considered to be of significant culinary value. The juice of the plant is used as an insect repellent, specifically for moths. The juice can be applied to exposed skin in order to repel biting insects. Some claim that planting nodding nnion repels moles.


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.Allium cernuum forms slowly expanding clumps and can be divided easily at any time. Deadhead flowers before seed sets to help control any unwanted spread. Foliage persists past flowering into late summer before dying back.

Mature Size: 12-18in. Wide x 12-18in. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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