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Nodding Wild Onion


Common Name: Nodding Wild Onion

Latin Name: Allium cernuum

[Pronounced: "AHL-ee-um SERN-yu-um"]

Type of Plant: Forb

Identification Helps: The flower of this plant is diagnostic, as in  the photo. It is a low-growing forb, often found at the base of taller prairie vegetation. It can grow to 1.5 ft in size, but is usually only a foot or less in height.

Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Nodding Wild Onion grows in the partial shade of taller prairie plants, but thrives best in unshaded environments.

Preferred Soils: Dry  to medium moisture soils, often in rocky or sandy soils.,

Seasons of Growth and Bloom: This forb blooms from June through August.

Natural Distribution in Ohio: Nodding Wild Onion is found in most Ohio prairie regions.

Description and General Information: The distinctive onion flower head is diagnostic. It is a true onion, and was surely used as a food by Native Americans. It grows well from seed in a prairie restoration or garden.