Allium sphaerocephalon
Allium sphaerocephalon

Allium sphaerocephalon

SKU: F331003
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Drumstick Allium
Hardiness Zone: 5-7S/9W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun-Jul
Height: 24-30" Spacing: 3"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BULB
Deer Resistance: Yes
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The Drumstick Allium is one of the summer-blooming Alliums. It waits until late June to produce 1″ wine-colored flower heads on wiry stems. To create a color echo with a contrast in shape, we interplanted the bulbs with our Strawberries & Cream Asiatic Lily Mix. Also complements Daylilies such as lemon yellow 'Happy Returns.' Heirloom, 1594.

For more information on growing Allium, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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They Keep Multiplying

Hodgepodge Gardener from Arlington Heights, IL

I planted these about 4 years ago and I have many more than when I started. I never know where they are going to pop up. I also love them as cut flowers.

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Love 'em!

Sweetie from Pittsburgh, PA

So nice to have these blooming after the other Alliums were done. And they still add interest long after they have gone to seed.

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Love these alliums

Elsie from Bloomington, IL

Planted them as part of a mixed bulb garden. Was a pleasant suprise to see these tall, strong stemmed bulbs flower in mid-summer. Really added an extra punch to the front garden.

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Lovely color and great presence in the b

ujimom from molalla,Or

Planted these last fall with a lot of other bulbs and promptly forgot about them. They are blooming just now and wow! They really add a nice color and structure to the other perennials in bloom.

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Adds great texture/interest w/out effort

gardengrower from CT

I don't even recall planting these in my back flower beds - but they popped up and add lovely texture and interest.

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Growing guide

Growing guide

Latin Name Pronunciation: al'ee-um  

Bulb size: 22-24 cm/12-14 cm/6-8 cm (depending on variety) 

The genus Allium (the Latin means "garlic") includes many garden plants that grow from bulbs or bulb-like rhizomes. Allium flowers form dense balls of color at the top of strong stems, and they make excellent displays in the garden or in bouquets. Allium flowers range from purple, burgundy, lilac, silvery amethyst, pink, blue, to yellow and white. Some varieties have scented blooms, but their perfume is usually pleasant and not the least oniony. The scent of the bulbs and leaves, however, may remind you of onions.

Light/Watering: Most Alliums grow best in full sun, with at least 6–8 hours of direct sun a day. Those we offer require well-drained soil and are longest lived in locations where the soil is on the dry side during summer dormancy.

Planting: Plant Alliums more shallowly than comparably sized bulbs, just 1–2 times the diameter of the bulb deep.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Alliums prefer well-drained, fertile soil. Fertilize in fall and spring with any bulb fertilizer.

Continuing Care: The leaf tips of many varieties, especially the tall ones, begin to brown before bloom time. Remove the spent flowers (except from varieties that are sterile, such as 'Globemaster') if you wish to prevent them from self-sowing.

Pests/Diseases: Alliums have few problems except when planted too shallowly or in wet soil.

Companions: Place Alliums behind heavy-foliage plants such as Peonies and Iris. Good for bedding, and in mixed borders. Flower heads are good for drying.

Dividing/Transplanting: Alliums rarely need transplanting or dividing, but this can be done when the bulbs are dormant.

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