Allium cernuum Roth - Nodding Wild Onion


 

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Allium cernuum - (image 1 of 4)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Liliaceae

Habitat

Dry woods. Prairies, including dolomitic prairies. Sandy habitats near Lake Michigan

Associates

 

Distribution

NY to MN, south to KY and Mo, and further south at higher elevations to GA, AL, and AR

Morphology

Herbaceous perennial. Bulbs usually clustered on a short rootstock. Scape slender, slightly ridged, to 60 cm. Leaves linear, channeled or nearly bluntish. Flowers in a nodding, many-flowered umbel subtended by 2 short-deciduous bracts. Pedicels filiform, 12 to 25 mm. Flowers campanulate; tepals white or rose, ovate-oblong, acute or obtuse, 2 to 3 inches long. Stamens exceeding the perianth. Filaments nearly filiform. Capsule 3-lobed, shorter than the perianth.

Notes

Flowers late June to early October

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland -

One of the most attractive members of this genus. Edible.

References

Peterson, L. A. 1977. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America.

Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 

USDA, NRCS. 2002. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov).
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

 


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