Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)
Nodding Onion is an enchanting groundcover reminiscent of a woodland fairy realm. This pink to purple-colored perennial can be found growing in clustered bulbs in dry open woods, exposed grassy zones, rocky crevices, and sandy soils. Allium cernuum’s bell-shaped flowers famously “nod” in the wind, which is the origin of the plant’s affectionate common name. Nodding Onion prefers full sun and does well in moist soil, although it can be drought tolerant. This lovely native plant reaches 12 inches in height and in its natural habitat is often found growing alongside Douglas Firs.
Caroline Boschetto, AmeriCorps Projects Coordinator, Community Agriculture Engagement