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Allium cernuum

Wild Nodding Onion

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

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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.

Foliage Color
Maintenance and Care
Drought Tolerant
Low Maintenance
Mass Planting
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Flower Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer Bloomer
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry Soil
Average Water
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Allium cernuum

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.