Allium cernuum Roth - Nodding Wild Onion


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Allium cernuum - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Liliaceae


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




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


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.


Flowers late June to early October

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland -

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


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 (
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA




Michael Hough 2004