Nodding Onion has slender leafless flowering stalks with small bulbs. The entire plant smells strongly of onion. When flowering it has small pinkish bell shaped flowers. Nodding Onion is one of the most common native species in the South Interior and it has a long history of use as a food source among First Nations peoples.
|Height and Spread
||Up to 50 cm tall.
||Up to 5 cm spread.
||Pink to rose-purple.
||June – August.
||Seeds mature after flowers on an ongoing basis.
|Light and Water
||Generally grows in open forests and meadows.
||Grows in dry conditions, generally absent from wet sites.
||Nodding Onion has a long history of use among all First Nations peoples of the South Interior. The bulbs were harvested before flowering and used raw, roasted, or dried and eaten on their own or to flavour other foods.
||The fluffy seeds of Narrow-Leaved Hawkweed are sometimes collected by birds or small mammals for habitat or nesting materials.
||Nodding Onion are a valuable addition to any garden as they have a sharp onion-like flavour that can be eaten raw or cooked. Even after flowering Nodding Onion is quite beautiful for landscaping.
||The crushed bulbs of Nodding Onion were also traditionally used as a disinfectant and in poultices to reduce pain and swelling from insect bites.
||Nodding Onion is easily propagated by seed.