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.