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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)

Umbellate inflorescence

Minnesota prairie

Bettina Darveaux

Nodding inflorescence

Minnesota prairie

Bettina Darveaux

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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