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Allium cernuum/ Nodding onion

Allium cernuum/ Nodding onion

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This small bulb has narrow grass-like leaves.  The flower scape towers above the foliage and bears an umbel of nodding star shaped pink flowers during summer.  Care is very easy since plants are drought tolerant with few pests. Plants resemble cultivated onions or daffodils.  They form a rosette of strap shaped leaves that originate from a bulb below the ground.  All parts of the plant have a distinct oniony scent which makes them unappealing to deer and other herbivores.  Allium cernuum is a cool season perennial that does most of its growing during cool weather.  Plants usually go dormant in summer after blooming and leaves disappear until cool weather returns. Hummingbirds are said to love the nectar.  Flowers also attract butterflies, native bees and honeybees.  Insects that nectar here must be able to hang upside down.

Use in masses or drifts for meadow effect or in mixed borders. 

Zone: 4-8

Height: 12"-24"

Spread: 12"

Flower Colour: Pink

Flowering Season: Summer

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Soil Type: Sand to Clay

Water Needs: Low to Average

Pollinator Attractant: Yes

Resistant To: Deer, Drought