Allium sphaerocephalon or 'Drumstick Allium' is a lovely addition to the border where it adds interest and movement with its dense egg-shaped flower heads atop straight and slender stems, delicately turning from green to purple as they mature. Butterflies love them and so will you! Blooming in late spring to early summer, this spectacular Allium enjoys long-lasting blooms and remains ornamental in the garden well into summer.
- Growing up to 20-24 in. high (50 - 60 cm), this beauty naturalizes easily and will come back year after year!
- Easily grown in rich, sandy to gritty, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant.
- Attracts butterflies, but deer ignore it!
- Stunning in beds, borders, city or cottage gardens, coastal gardens or containers. Spectacular in large sweeping drifts. For best visual impact, plant in groups (at least 20 to 25 bulbs). Excellent as cut flowers for both fresh and dried arrangements! Beloved by florists for its long vase life!
- Mixes beautifully with other perennials such as Nepeta, Centranthus Ruber, Astilbe or Lilies
- Virtually disease and pest free
- To be planted in fall.
Many hundreds of Allium species exist, but only a modest few have made a name for themselves as garden plants. The ornamental onions distinguish themselves by their great diversity in color, inflorescence and flowering height. Many species bloom in early summer - just after the spring-flowering period and just before the exuberant full bloom of summer. All species can be used in the border. Certain small species are just perfect for a rock garden, and several lend themselves to naturalizing.