Allium cernuum

Common name: Nodding Onion

Native plant

Showy clusters of flowers that range from purple to pink to white hang down from the tip of a single stem and nod toward the ground, giving this plant its common name, Nodding Onion.  These nodding clusters attract a wide range of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. In more moist conditions, it can spread quite aggressively, and as such should be given plenty of room to move around. Spreading is less so under drier conditions.  As part of the onion family, herbivores such as rabbits and deer tend to steer clear of this plant.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Standard
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)
1 Gallon

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas, Urban Suited

Growth form

Ground cover, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
1 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
3 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot

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