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Allium cernuum

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: cernuum (SER-new-um) (Info)

Synonym:Allium cernuum var. cernuum
Synonym:Allium recurvatum

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

12-18 inch delicate native plant. Pink or white flowers "nod" from the stem, turning lilac as they age. This member of the lily family was used to flavor food and treat croup, colic, colds, fevers, kidney stones, dropsy, respiratory disorders. An endangered plant now found primarily in protected nature preseves. Low maintenance.

Sow seed outdoors in late fall.

Positive bonniewong On Dec 5, 2004, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

I found this sweet little allium on some land behind my house slated for destruction. I dug up about 7 bulbs, and they are growing wonderfully. They transplant well and multiply each year, even in my freezing zone 3 garden.

Positive smiln32 On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of the most attractive of our native Alliums. Pure white to light pink flowers are suspended on two foot tall stalks in July and August.

Increases vegetatively, and can be divided in early spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fullerton, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado (2 reports)
Hinsdale, Illinois
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lake George, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Binghamton, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Tangent, Oregon
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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