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Allium cernuum

Native Plants

Nodding Onion

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Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) is a beautiful and carefree native bulb for the garden. Clusters of pink flowers are borne in loose heads on 1’ tall stems above grass-like leaves. Nodding onion grows well in a perennial border, open woods, or meadow in light shade to full sun. This versatile plant competes well in the garden among other companions such as purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Stokes’ aster (Stokesia laevis), American asters (Symphyotrichum spp.), and goldenrods (Solidago.spp.) In the open woodland garden, it combines nicely with American alumroot (Heuchera americana) andNew York fern (Parathelypteris noveboracensis). Zones 4-8.

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    bulbcorm, perennial 
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    filtered-shade, full-sun, partial-shade 
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    average, dry, moist 
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