Nodding wild onion
The wet soils and landscapes of the Chicago region once supported
millions of these delicate plants.
Flourishing profusely in undulating swells and swales of pre-settlement
northeastern Illinois, nodding wild onion is now found primarily in protected
Its pungent scent can be overwhelming on the
summer prairie. The nodding wild onion gets its common name from its shape.
Pink or white flower clusters “nod”
from the stem.