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Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum) Herb in 1L Pot 

Often called the 'Nodding Onion' Allium cernuum has pinkish/purple flowers appear in May/June the nodding star-burst like flowers hang in clusters upon a long stem forming graceful heads above the strappy foliage.  It is also known as Lady's Leek it can be used as a cut flower with the star-like heads being very attractive. They are easy to grow and are effective in naturalised planting schemes,  they can form large clumps which can be divided in Spring or Autumn.

Herb Usage

The Nodding Onion is not considered to be of significant culinary value. The plant has been used as an insect repellent, specifically for moths. Some claim that planting Nodding Onion repels moles but we can not vouch for this!

This particular variety is grown for its ornamental flowers only which are lovely used as a cut flower. Do not eat ornamental bulbs. 

Buy Nodding Onion Online

Our Nodding Onions are generally available to buy online between March and September.



Allium cernuum (Nodding Onion) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour Pink
Height 40cm
Spread 25cm
Latin Name Allium cernuum
Hardiness RHS rating H7 - Very hardy
Culinary None
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic None
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Cut Flower
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5
    Nodding Onion

    Posted by Lin Chaplin on 19th Jul 2021

    Healthy plants received promptly.

  • 5
    Allium Cernum 'Hidcote'

    Posted by Jo Yates on 23rd Jun 2021

    Arrived very quickly and very well packaged. Divided into 3 plants all thriving. will definitely buy from this nursery again. Delighted great value for money. Ten out of ten.

  • 5
    Healthy plant

    Posted by Sally Paul on 10th Jun 2021

    This was one of seven plants I ordered for delivery I've never received such well packaged healthy plants & quick delivery with online orders in the past, it's already doubled in size & has buds about to open, very happy with all of the plants will definitely be ordering more when I can squeeze them into my garden!

  • 5

    Posted by Lynsey Darby on 23rd Jun 2020

    This plant is really lovely, it may be the highlight of my garden! Like the cornflowers and cowslips I also bought from Hooks Green Herbs, I'd tried to grow them from seed but failed. All the plants I've bought here (two orders for myself and one for my mum) have been really high quality, well packaged, and arrived quickly. Some only a few weeks after planting have trebled in size! A marked contrast to bigger name general plant retailers who have sent my parents and in-laws dead plants, weeks late.

  • 5
    2nd time round

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Mar 2020

    This is the second time I've bought this lovely Allium from this supplier. As usual it arrived in lovely condition, well packaged and very happy to be planted next to the one I purchased last year. I would highly recommend this supplier of lovely herbs