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NC Native Plant Society:
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Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

Scientific Name:

Allium cernuum

Genus:

Allium

Species Epithet:

cernuum

Common Name:

Nodding Onion

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Alliaceae (Onion Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills

Habitat Description:

Generally in open woodlands or around outcrops of shale, mafic, ultramafic, or calcareous rocks, in the mountains at low elevations. Uncommon in NC mountains and piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Characteristic nodding umbel with the flowers pointed downward.

Garden in Transylvania Co. ,NC

The Scientific Name is Allium cernuum. You will likely hear them called Nodding Onion. This picture shows the Characteristic nodding umbel with the flowers pointed downward. of Allium cernuum

Larry Mellichamp

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/allium-cernuum/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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