Nodding Onion Seeds (Wild Type) 6945 (Allium cernuum). This rare Carolinian plant produces nodding clusters of white to lavender-pink blooms in July to August. Prefers average to rich soil growing to a mature height of 25-45 cm (10-18″) tall. Like all members of the allium family, deer do not browse this plant. Plantings spread by self seeding and by bulb offsets. Nodding onion grows best in sunny to mostly sunny sites with moist organic soil. The common name comes from the fact that the flower stem tends to nod over towards the ground. This stunning looking perennial is hardy to Zone 3. Please note that all parts of this plant should be considered as toxic.
How to Grow
270 seed/gram. Seed can be started early indoors in a soil-less mix March 1st. Sow seed then moisten the growing medium and place the container in a refrigerator for 45-60 days before bringing the container back into the warmth. Keep at 20 C (70 F) for the 10-15 day germination period. After that grow on under lights at the same temperature before hardening off and transplanting outside to a sunny site with moist rich soil. Seed can also be directly garden sown in early May or better still in late fall from mid October through mid November. Late season sowing is beneficial as this allows dormant seed to be naturally stratified over the winter.