Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2010

Aesthetic Allium

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 10:41 pm

Nodding OnionNodding Onion, Allium cernuum

It doesn’t seem that these pretty and delicate little blossoms belong to an onion, but with this species they do.


  1. Pretty indeed. Such a delicate purple.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 5, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    • I’ve read that the bulbs are edible too and quite good although I haven’t tried them.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2010 @ 8:51 am

  2. What a beauty! We had several species of onions growing where I used to live about 17 years back. They seem to not need much attention and are lovely to see. I can do without that distinctive odor, though.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 5, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    • This one has the smell and the taste, but not very strong. One day last summer though I was down by the river and there were lots of them in bloom. A thunder storm came up and I took shelter under a large pine that also sheltered many of these plants. It became quite aromatic with the rain!


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

  3. I never seen one, but have read about them. It is pretty and delicate, for sure.


    Comment by sandy — July 5, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    • I guess they don’t get up into your area. There is one that grows only in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico but I haven’t seen a photo of it.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  4. ‘Nodding Onion’ …I like that. Beautiful lavender blossoms.


    Comment by Anna — July 5, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  5. A dainty, little flower– very pretty! Wild onions taste great!


    Comment by Barbara — July 5, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    • They are very dainty and not very large. The color is so distinctive though that it can be spotted at quite a distance.


      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  6. I hope they smell sweeter than onions including the very sweet Vidalia onions we have here.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 6, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    • I hardly notice the scent, although it does get pretty strong when wet.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

  7. Hmmm, I haven’t seen the AZ one that I’m aware of. Pretty.


    Comment by Candace — July 7, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  8. Flowers are pretty. This is not find here.


    Comment by sartenada — July 8, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

    • Their distribution over here is rather interesting. They are native to about 34 of our states but not so much in the northeastern states. They are very plentiful in the region in which I live.


      Comment by montucky — July 8, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

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