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The little nodding onion is a tremendously versatile and valuable garden addition. Nodding pink blooms (hence the name) are especially favored by large bumblebees, and humans also tend to enjoy the flavorful bulbs (they're even good raw!).


Individual plants are slender, so plant in groups to maximize visual impact. Over time, nodding onions will generate little colonies by reproducing clonally. They are nice "filler" plants around larger species. Plant with sticky geranium, blanket flower, yarrow, small-flower penstemon, Idaho fescue, and pussytoes for a pleasing range of colors and textures. 

nodding onion

  • Allium cernuum
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