Nodding onion

Allium cernuum

Photo/Illustration: 
Mark McDonough
Nodding onion (Allium cernuum)
Genus:  Allium

This plant produces open clusters of pinkish purple, droplet-shaped flowers along drooping, arching 2-foot-tall stems. Its foliage is bluish green.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

The most remarkable feature of the nodding onion is its adaptability. It will grow in almost any situation, from full sun to deep shade.

Care: 

Best grown in full sun and dry to medium, well-drained soil. Tolerates shade as well, especially in hot climates. 

Propagation: 

Sow seed in spring in containers or in situ. Divide clump-forming plants in spring.

Problems: 

Bulb rot in damp conditions. Onion fly and thrips.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Deer Resistant,
Native
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink,
Purple
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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