A slender plant with drooping, delicate purple or pink flowers.
Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Medium-Dry). Tolerates some moisture.
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Bloom Color: Light Pink
Bloom Season: July – August
Suggested Uses: Nodding Onion 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 pink, lavender or white flowers are pretty in bouquets and the bulbs and green shoots are edible as well. Also, this lovely flowering plant grows well in a rock garden or in sandy soils! They will grow in dry open woods as well as on the prairie.
Native Range: U.S.: Native to the Midwest, West and Southwest. Minnesota: Native throughout the majority of the state.
Pollinators: Bees (sweat bees, honey bees and bumblebees), butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects.
Flowers: Flowers are in umbels that face down toward the ground. There are no bulbils in the inflorescence. Flowers are pollinated by small bees.
Leaves: The grass-like leaves rise directly from the bulb. They are 6-18″ long.
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, Wild Garlic, Lady’s Leek
More information: USDA plant profile