Common name: Nodding Onion, Wild onion, Lady's leek
Botanical name: Allium cernuum Family: Alliaceae (Onion family)
Nodding Onion is beautiful and unique plant from the onion family. It is
unique in its beautiful, nodding, lilac flowers. Soft, grasslike leaves and
a 1-2 ft., leafless flowering stalk rise from a bulb. The stem bends so
that the pink flowers, borne in a cluster at the top, nod toward the ground
- an umbel of many pink, white or lilac bell shaped flowers at the tip of a long, erect,
leafless stalk. The flower umbel is nodding when young, and becomes erect
with age. The flowers have 6 petals (tepals actually) with protruding stamens.
The plant has basal cluster of several long, narrow leaves. This
plant is native to North America, and is cultivated for its attractive
flowers. The bulb is edible and has a strong onion flavor.
Identification credit: Sharan
|Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.|