Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Native Plant Profile - Allium cernuum

Allium cernuum or Nodding Wild Onion is a favorite of mine for a partial shade area.  It has grass like ribbony leaves that are long and gracefull, very similar to a daylily leaf.  It has flower clusters that hang down and they are covered with a fine onion-skin-like sheath before opening.  It blooms in mid summer with whitish rose colored, bell shaped flowers.

Nodding wild onion grows in a very wide range of conditions from sun to partial sun, moist to dry soil, acidic to neutral or rocky to rich.  But it prefers good drainage so mix some sand into a heavy soil.

This one to two foot plant grows in Zones 3 to 9 and is easy to prograte from seed, which mature in early fall, and requires cold moist sratification to germinate. In spring or fall offset bulblets, which form beside mature bulbs, can be divided from the mother plant and replanted.








Today I am joining Clay and Limestone for
Wildflower Wednesday.

21 comments:

Gail said...

I just passed this plant up at a nursery in MO and am I sorry! I am now adding it to the natives to get list! It's really lovely with that hint of pink. I am so glad you joined the wildflower celebration! gail

Sarah said...

Looks lovely : )

Sheila said...

I've never seen this before but it's lovely - thanks for showing us.

DoanLegacy said...

I have never seen these flowers before. It's so elegant and gorgeous..

sandy, from gardenpath said...

I like the look of this. My friend gave me what she called a walking onion, but it hasn't bloomed. Is that the same thing?

We seem to share the same interests. I will be back!

sandy, from gardenpath said...

I like the look of this. My friend gave me what she called a walking onion, but it hasn't bloomed. Is that the same thing?

We seem to share the same interests. I will be back!

Crafty Gardener said...

What a very pretty allium, one I don't have in the garden.

Pondside said...

That's an elegant plant.
I tried allium this year, but didn't have much luck...but there's always next year!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh I love those - hadn't thought about them in a long time. I used to have some in California - I need to order more seeds for next year. I love all allium flowers.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Hi Jen: I enjoyed your post on the allium. I have some in my garden too. Unfortunately most of them are hiding in behind the big white spruce and the fence.

Edith Hope said...

dear Jennifer, Alliums are a favourite of mine as they are generally so trouble free and attractive. I do not grow but really like 'Purple Sensation' but the pearly white one you feature here is a gem.

paula, the quilter said...

Like your header!

tina said...

It's really very pretty. Growing in the shade is a definite bonus as it sure lights up the shade.

garden girl said...

They're such nice plants! They were one of the contenders for "One Seed Chicago," an annual event where gardeners choose their favorite of the the choices available, and free seeds are mailed to the the participants for the winning selection. This year Monarda fistulosa won, but Monica @ Garden Fairie Musings shared some plants with me.

They're still in pots (too hot to plant,) but they're blooming, and I love them! Your photos are wonderful!

Maleviks Rosenträdgård said...

LOVELY PHOTOS :)
Håkan

at the cottage said...

Lovely pictures and I am enjoying your blog very much.

Thanks

Deb
teaandphotos.blogspot.com

Rose said...

Thanks for introducing me to yet another allium I should consider adding here. Your lovely photos certainly make it look appealing.

Rosey said...

Alliums are becoming one of my favorite plants. The animals in my area MOSTLY leave them alone. Thanks for sharing.
Rosey

lotusleaf said...

LOvely pictures of alliums. Thanks for visiting my blog.

leavesnbloom said...

I have these in my garden though not in that colour - mine are a deep purple so they are probably a cultivated variety from the species. They are my favourite of all the alliums I grow.

Heather said...

Lovely little plant isn't it? Beautiful pics and I like your header too - very nice!