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Allium Cernuum (Nodding Onion) Herb Plant

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Nodding Onion (Allium Cernuum) Herb in 1L Pot

The nodding onion or lady's leek as it is also commonly known is a delightful species of ornamental onion it produces loose umbels of nodding buds which turn into balls of purplish-pink flowers in early summer which can be used as a cut flower.  It naturalises easily making attractive drifts without becoming a nuisance. This plant is native to North America where it is found in dry open woodland and on the prairies it will tolerate full to partial sun but prefers well-drained soil. 

Herb Usage

The bulbs of Allium cernuum are edible and cooking removes the strong smell and flavour, making the bulbs become very sweet. The leaves are edible, raw or cooked. They have a  strong-onion flavour, and can be used in salads. The flowers can be eaten raw or cooked and also have a strong onion flavour, somewhat stronger than the leaves especially if the seeds are starting to set they also can be added to salads for visual interest that said however really this plant is grown for its floral display. The juice of the plant is used as an insect repellent, specifically for moths. The juice can be applied to exposed skin in order to repel biting insects. Some claim that planting Nodding Onion repels moles! 

Buy Nodding Onion Online

Our potted Nodding Onion herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Any free draining soil, part shade/full sun
Flower Colour:
Height and spread:
50 to 75cm
Latin Name:
Allium cernum
RHS rating H7 very hardy

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