Species Name: Allium cernuum
Common Name: Nodding Pink Onion
Zone: 3 to 9
Light: Full Sun to Light
Soil Moisture: Medium to moist
preferred but will readily tolerate dryer soils.
Soil Types: Sand, Loam, Clay
Fertility: Moderately poor
Bloom Time: July - August
Habit: Nodding onion is a long-lived
12 to 18Ó tall plant with slender grass like leaves.
It thrives in any moderate
to rich soil but can readily tolerate dryer conditions of prairies,
and rocky outcrops. The lilac pink flower heads are produced in late summer
attract various species of bees for pollination. It can be propagated from bulb offshoots
and from the numerous tiny black seeds that readily germinate.
All parts of the plants exhibit an onion
like odor that deters browsing by deer and rabbits.