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Nodding Onion

Allium cernuum
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Habitat: Found on dry banks and rocky hillsides.  Commonly found in prairie regions throughout central and southern Alberta.

Description: The Nodding Onion has pinkish-lavender flowers hanging from long stalks.  The plant is recognized easiest by the distinct bend at the end of the stalk.  The leaves are grass-like and circular.  The plant emits an onion-like odour when it is bruised.

Size: 12-50 cm tall

Fun Facts: The leaves and bulbs of the Nodding Onion were eaten raw or used as flavouring by Natives and early settlers of the prairies.

Source:

Cormack, R.G.H. Wild Flowers of Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1977. Print

Scotter, George W., and Flygare, Halle. Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore: Alpine Book Peddlers, 1986. Print

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Pooecetes gramineus
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