Mountain Wildflowers: Nodding Wild Onion
Nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum) is a North American native. This widespread onion ranges as far east as New York state and south to Texas and Georgia. In general, nodding onion thrives in dry open sites such as dry woodlands and meadows as well as rocky knolls and cliffs, especially on the coast. All parts of the plant are edible and it has long been enjoyed by native peoples as a culinary plant. It is also a valuable food source for ground squirrels.
This nodding wild onion was found happily thriving in a meadow in the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains.