Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum) is a 1′ – 1.5′ perennial bulb that grows naturally in dry woods, rock outcroppings, and prairies. It has thin, flat, grass-like leaves, and the tiny bell-shaped white-pink flowers bloom on a nodding 2″ cluster atop a single flowering stem (hence the common name). These flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other native pollinators, making it an excellent addition to any native pollinator garden. The leaves, bulbs, and bulblets of Nodding Wild Onion are edible in small quantities and can be used in place of cultivated onions.
Conservation Status: categorized as threatened in Minnesota.