Allium cernuum

Onion-Nodding Pink

Allium cernuum

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery

Allium cernuum

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery

Allium cernuum

Photo Credit: Stonehouse Nursery


Allium cernuum

Onion-Nodding Pink

Native to much of the U.S., this species is similar to the wild onion but with a distinctive crook in its flower stems which causes the flowers to nod downward. Its leaves, bulbs and bulblets are edible. Pale pink flowers appear above the grass-like foliage. Will self-seed; great for naturalized areas.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 10
  • Height: 10-12"
  • Spread: 12-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Late Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Pink Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Native Species
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 10
  • Height: 10-12"
  • Spread: 12-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: Yes, Once Established
  • Bloom time: Late Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Pink Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Native Species
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: No
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

Allium is easy to produce without worry of diseases and pests. They require medium-low moisture and average fertility in production, and overwinter easily in cold frames or outdoors. To achieve flowering plants for early spring sales, pot up early blooming chive-types the fall prior. Others can be potted in early spring for bud and bloom sales in summer.

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 72 Deep
  • Optimal Planting Time: Late Summer-Fall
  • Retail Sales Window: Spring, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Low
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes