Nodding Pink Onionor

Nodding Pink Onionor

Nodding Pink Onion

Nodding Pink Onion (Allium cernuum) is long-lived, super hardy and looks great in short prairie gardens and meadows. Plant this native Allium in masses for a stunning late summer effect. Nodding Pink Onion does best in full or partial sun, and moist to medium conditions, including damp clay.Nodding Pink Onion is a pen-and-paper style boardgame, where players take the role of a home-loving onion, who needs to sell their house before it burns to the ground. As a player, you take control of a set of action cards to try your best to get your onion out the door. Look forward to this simple game where you can feel the warmth in your heart when one of your home gets sold!


There are many ornamental flowering onions that offer a variety of unusual shapes and forms. The nodding onion, Allium cernuum (cernuum means nodding in Latin) is an attractive small species native to North America, distributed from New York to Michigan and British Columbia and south in the mountains and cooler regions from Arizona and North Georgia (= A. recurvatum). It occurs on rocky soils in glades, bluff edges, open woods, dry meadows and prairies throughout its native range. Because of its wide distribution, it is variable in plant size, flower color and bloom time. As with other members of the genus, it has the characteristic, pungent onion aroma. It is hardy in zones 4-8. Nodding Pink Onion can be found on ledges, in dry meadows, gravel, rocky or wooded slopes, and this fragrant flowering perennial plant is ideal for cottage and rock gardens, borders, and plantings in naturalized areas.

Eaten sparingly by Northwest Coast First Nations. They were steamed in pits lined with cedar boughs and covered with lichen and alder boughs. After they were eaten, or dried in strings or on mats or pressed into cakes. EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves, bulbs and bulblets. Field garlic (A. vineale), introduced from Eurasia and northern Africa, is too strong for most tastes. Gather leaves during spring and fall. Gather bulbs in the second year when they are large enough to use like cultivated onions. Flower stem bulblets are collected during the summer. Use as domestic onions, for seasoning or raw in salads. Bulbs can be used raw, boiled, pickled or for seasoning. Their strong taste can be reduced by parboiling and discarding the water. To freeze onions or garlic, one should coarsely chop, blanch two minutes, drain, pat dry and place them into plastic bags. The bulbs can also be dried for use as seasoning. Use flower bulbs to flavor soup or for pickling. Attracts hairstreak butterfly. The city of Chicago gets it's name from the Algonquin Indian name for this plant, "chigagou". (Source: www.wildflower.org)



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