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Allium cernuun – Lady’s Leek

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Allium cernuun – Lady’s Leek

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“Nodding Onion is a native perennial bulb in the lily family that is found in open woodlands around shale outcrops in the low elevation mountains. It is drought-tolerant once established and easy to grow. The plant will grow 1-2 feet tall with long grass-like foliage. In June to Aug. the nodding clusters of pink flowers appear and are attractive to pollinators. It will spread by both bulb offsets and seeds but is easiest to propagate by dividing the bulblets.


“This plant was once used in culinary dishes but is mainly used for its flowers now. Grow in well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It can be used in a rock garden, cottage garden, mass planted or borders. It will also naturalize in a meadow or open woodland setting.” (North Carolina Extension)


Please note: Most pictures represent mature plants. Unless otherwise specified, all of our plants are sold in 4″ pots to make shipping possible and will mature in time.

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Additional information


6-Pack, 9-Pack, Single

Common Name


Perennial Bulb




Height Range (ft.)

1.00 to 2.00

Spread (ft.)

Bloom Time

August, July, June

Bloom Description



Full Sun, Part Shade




Suggested Use




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Product Description

1580 original - Allium cernuun - Lady's Leek




  1. Form” by Fritzflohrreynolds is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
  2. “Allium cernuum” by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  3. “Nodding Wild Onion (Allium cernuum)” by wackybadger is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

North Carolina Extension plant description:  Allium Cernuum (Allegheny Onion, Lady’s Leek, Nodding Onion, Nodding Wild Onion, Wild Onion) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox Accessed 10 Feb. 2022.

Bumblebee pollinating: “Bumblebee in nodding onion (Allium cernuum), Atwood Prairie” by benet2006 is licensed under CC BY 2.0


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