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Allium ‘sphaerocephalon’

Allium sphaerocephalon are a fun and unusual addition to any garden. It looks wonderful and it demands nothing. Their dark crimson to deep purple flowers are egg shaped and are held on thick stems up to 24 inches in height. Very good for naturalizing. Common names are Drumsticks, Ornamental Onion. The thin, strappy foliage can be evergreen in mild winters, but dies down in really cold weather.

Allium sphaerocephalon is a super perennial and looks great with Asiatic Lilies or Hemerocallis. They add architectural dimension to the garden; many suitable for Heirloom gardens and sunny, well-drained meadow; also wonderful cut and dried flowers.

Alliums: Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Best sited in locations sheltered from strong winds. Leaves will wither and disappear from the garden shortly after bloom. Mature bulbs may be dug up in fall, divided and replanted to increase size of a planting. Alliums, or ornamental onions, are easy to grow bulbs that are increasing in popularity. They look wonderful in cut bouquets and make a unique accent in any perennial border or bed. If you have problems with deer or rodents, Alliums are an excellent choice as they find them distasteful! Position where other plants will help to hide their sometimes-untidy foliage. Excellent for use as cut or dried flowers. Attracts butterflies, too.

Plant Details +

Height 24"
Spacing 4"
Hardiness Hardy to Zone 4-8
Exposure Full Sun-Part Shade
Foliage Green
Flower Reddish-purple flowers
Bloomtime Mid Spring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Product should be planted immediately after received in the fall. In extremely warm climates, plant when the ground cools. You may plant earlier or later as long as the ground is not too warm or frozen. 1. Dig a hole 2" deep. 2. Set the bulbs firmly in place, with the pointed ends facing upward. 3. Cover the bulbs with soil and water thoroughly. Tolerates summer drought, but keep moist during growing season. Do not plant too closely together since they multiply rapidly. Water well throughout the growing season. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Plant bulbs 2" deep in autumn. In cold climates, bulbs may be planted from late summer until ground freezes. In warm climates that are frost-free, plant in late fall. Plant bulbs 2" deep and 4" apart. Water thoroughly after planting and fertilize each spring thereafter.