Allium cernuum Nodding Onion
About Our Plants
Rare Roots ships live, growing plants in one-quart pots all over the continental US. The rare exception is our slightly smaller 3.5" inch pot, which will be labeled on a few product pages.
The plants are not guaranteed to be blooming when they arrive, and the foliage may need to be trimmed before shipping to fit them in the box safely.
Our plants are guaranteed to arrive safely in a suitable condition for planting. If they are damaged or if you have concerns, please inform us right away by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you are planning to wait and see if it recovers, we need to document the damage on your order.
We are not able to offer warranties or extended guarantees on plants due to the sheer number of variables that can affect their growth and survival.
Our plants are grown on our 30-acre outdoor nursery in Virginia (available by mail-order only). They are all considered "perennial" if planted within their preferred zone range.
Perennials planted in the coldest zone listed are considered "tender perennials", and may not overwinter in a severe winter. For example: if a plant is rated for zones 7-10, it would be a tender perennial in zone 7. It's best to plant these in spring or early summer, and preferably in a protected area (such as the South side of building).
You can find your growing zone here: [USDA website]
Allium cernuum produces umbels of star-like flowers on leafless, upright stems. The loose clusters bend down, hence the common name of "Nodding Onion". Color is typically pink to lilac blue, occasionally white. Blooms in summer. The narrow, strap-like foliage smells of onion if bruised or cut, rendering it unattractive to deer and rabbits. May self-sow; remove old blooms if seedlings are undesired. This perennial will naturalize by bulb increase and via seed.
Allium cernuum is native to much of North America. It naturally occurs in prairies, on rocky outcrops and sunny edges of dry woodlands. Blooms are pollinated by short-tongued bees. It is a host for Hairstreak butterflies.
Allium cernuum is a bulbous perennial and prefers sun and moist to average, well-drained soil. It will tolerate light shade. It is drought tolerant once established.
- Common Names: Nodding Onion
- Zones: 4-8
- Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
- Soil Preference: Well-drained
- Height at Maturity: 18
- Width at Maturity: 8
- Bloom Color: Pink
- Bloom Time: Summer
- Foliage Color: Green
- Attracts: Pollinators.
- Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Drought.
- Other Features: Cut Flower. Fragrant.
Care and Growing Tips
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Spring 2023 Shipping Schedule:
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We ship via UPS & USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.
All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.
Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.
We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.