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Allium cernuum, Nodding Onion


Easily grown and very ornamental allium, it makes a very decorative edging to flower beds.

Chive like habit. Delicate white or pinkish flowers. Can also be used as culinary herb.

Established plants are fairly drought tolerant. Plants succeed in maritime gardens.

The whole plant has mild medicinal activity similar to the action of garlic (Allium sativum). The juice of the plant is used in treating colds, croup, sore throats etc

The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles.

Sow spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle - if you want to produce clumps more quickly then put three plants in each pot. Grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant them out into their permanent positions in spring once they are growing vigorously and are large enough.

Grows well with most plants, especially roses, carrots, beet and chamomile, but it inhibits the growth of legumes. This plant is a bad companion for alfalfa, each species negatively affecting the other. A widespread and very variable species.

An easily grown plant, it prefers a sunny position in a light well-drained soil. Succeeds in clay soils.

Edible uses
Bulb - raw or cooked. Strongly flavoured, it is mainly used as a flavouring. The bulb is about 50mm tall and 15mm wide.
Leaves - raw or cooked. A delicious, strong-onion flavour, they are very nice in salads. The leaves are available from spring until the autumn.
Flowers - raw or cooked. A delicious strong onion flavour, somewhat stronger than the leaves especially if the seeds are starting to set. They make a very decorative and tasty addition to the salad bowl.

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