Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in SC)

Look for it generally in open woodlands or around outcrops of shale, mafic, ultramafic, or calcareous rocks, in the mountains at low elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer
White /Pink /Purplish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals in two whorls of 3
6 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in umbels

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Allium cernuum   FAMILY Alliaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Allium cernuum var. cernuum   FAMILY Liliaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-35-005:
Allium cernuum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Allium cernuum

 

COMMON NAME:
Nodding Onion, Nodding Wild Onion


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picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    jkm0407j_08

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    jkm0407j_08b

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

A crook in the peduncle just below the umbel causes it to nod, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    jkm060805_364

August    Haywood County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

A many-flowered umbel without bulblets, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    jkm070830_013

August        SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

Keith Bradley    kab_allium_cernuum_2310

August    Madison County    VA

Shenandoah National Park

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    s070830_ab

August        SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves mostly basally disposed, glaucous, flat, to 16" long, 0.33" wide, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    s070830_d

August        SC

Clemson Forest

picture of Allium cernuum, image of Allium cernuum

JK Marlow    s070830_e

August        SC

Clemson Forest

Pedicels 1.5-2.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.