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Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum Roth)

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Native to a wide range across North America, occuring both in the mountain West and in the East, but uncommon in much of its range. Named for the fact that its flowerheads have a distinctive nodding shape.

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Sometimes cultivated, primarily as a flower and not as food. Edible, but strong tasting and probably more suitable for use as a flavoring than a staple.

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