Allium cernuum

Nodding onion

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Hardy perennial

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This delightful species of ornamental onion has very narrow leaves and produces loose umbels of nodding, long-stalked, purplish-pink flowers in early summer. It is best grown in wilder areas of the garden as it is a vigorous grower and spreads quickly. Plant the bulbs 5cm to 10cm (2in to 4in) deep in autumn, in moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position.

Family: Alliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: cernuum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: February to April

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