Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)

Nodding Onion

By William T. Hathaway

On top of Buffalo Mountain in Floyd County, Virginia, the Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum) is a robust and colorful plant. The same species here in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, is a somewhat delicate plant with white and pale-green colors. This specimen was found in a sandy lowland site, associated with the White Oak Mountain Triassic soils situated near Markham in the central-eastern part of the county.

My photo was dated July, 1979.

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