Scientific Name: Allium cernuum
Common Name: nodding onion
Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Origin: Mexico, North America
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Perennial border, Rock garden, Urban agriculture, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Parallel venation, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Umbel, White, Pink, May-Jun-Jul
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Bulb unsheathed, slender, conical and gradually tapering directly into several keeled grass-like leaves (2-4mm wide); florets bell-shaped, white or pink, about 5mm wide, in a downward nodding umbel; fruit capsules rounded and split open to reveal the dark shiny seeds.