Soil: Mesic( Medium) to Xeric(Dry) Tolrates some moisture
Sun: Full to Partial
Flowers: The 1/4" flowers have 3 petals, 3 petal-like sepals, and 6 yellow stamens. They bloom in dome-like clusters.
Leaves: The grass-like leaves rise directly from the bulb. They are 6-18" long.
This is an excellent plant for prairie or shoreline restoration projects It is also a great plant for attracting beneficial insects to your garden or landscape. The delicate light lavender to white flowers are pretty in bouquets and the bulbs and green shoots are edible. Also, this lovely flowering plant is very useful in a rock garden or in sandy soils!
Medicinal Uses: Native American tribes used the bulbs of the Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), a similar species, as a treatment for croup, colic, colds and fevers. Early settlers used poultices to treat respiratory disorders.
Food Uses: The whole plant is edible, but the bulb is the most useful. It can be used like any other onion - raw, cooked, pickled etc.
Name: Allium is the ancient Latin name for garlic.
Other Names: Wild Onion, Cliff Onion, Autumn Onion
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