Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Allium cernuum

The USDA the Natural Resources Conservation Service has a wonderful map showing the natural range of the Nodding Onion.
The flowers on Allium Nodding Onion remind me of delicate snowflakes
Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion

Cultivation Information - Allium cernuum

Height - 18 in

Flower Color -pink

Blooms - July- August

Sun - Full sun/light shade

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9

Soil -  Well drained
pH - 5.0 -6.0
Family -
Liliaceae Family (lily)

Planting depth - 1/2 to 1 inch deep - works well in rock gardens

Blooms second year -

Divide  bulbs -in early spring when plants become crowed

Nodding Onion
Nodding Onion - Roger Dahlin
A quarter laying on top of Nodding Onion Seeds
Our Nodding Onion Seeds

Seed Provenance

Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion - Prairie Moon Nursery - Winona, MN - 2010 - Nodding Onion Gardens 2011- present

Filtered sunlight highlighting Allium cernuum
Nodding Onion - Roger Dahlin

Wildlife Significance - Nodding Onion


By Short-tongued Bees, flies feast on pollen but are not adding in pollinating the Nodding Onion.

Nectar Source - Bees and butterflies

Deer -
This plant is not desirable to deer

For more details visit the Illinois Wildflower site.

Nodding Onion in foreground, vibrant Queen of the Prairie in the background
Nodding Onion - Roger Dahlin
Ripe Nodding Onion seeds look like peppercorns
Nodding onion seeds ready to harvest