Allium Sphaerocephalon (Drumsticks)

Allium Sphaerocephalon (Drumsticks) – also known as Drumstick Alliums. It’s fascinating to watch these small baubles; bobbing on tall stems in the breeze. Each flower head is made of tiny buds; initially green; then deep purple slowly suffuses them and the many tiny flowers open; for bees to feast fabulously. Eventually they grow fat and blousy; fading to ashen coloured seed heads.

Allium ‘Sphaerocephalon’, don’t like to be overshadowed, otherwise they tend to lean out towards the light. This inexpensive allium bulb adds movement and interest to your garden; and they also make a long lasting cut flower.

QuantityPrice per unit
50 - 100 £0.14
150+ £0.10

From £0.14 (inc. VAT)
per Bulb(s)

Minimum 50 bulb(s)
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Plant in Autumn for a Spring display

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Specifications:

  • Colour: Purple
  • Height: 60cm
  • Bulb Size: 6+cm
  • Perennial

Good For:

  • Beds and borders
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Cut flowers
  • Pots and containers

How to grow:

  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil Type: Moist, Well drained
  • Position: Full sun
  • Bulbs per m2: 100
  • Planting depth: 8cm

More Information

Allium Sphaerocephalon (Drumsticks) – also known as drumstick alliums. It’s fascinating to watch these small baubles, bobbing on tall stems in the breeze. Each flower head is made of tiny buds that are initially green, then deep purple slowly suffuses them. Many tiny flowers open, for the bees to feast fabulously. Eventually they grow fat and blousy; fading to ashen coloured seed heads.

Allium Sphaerocephalon don’t like to be overshadowed, otherwise they tend to lean out towards the light. This inexpensive allium bulb adds movement and interest to your garden and they also make a long lasting cut flower.

Alliums are an enduring favourite, never out of fashion, with the added benefit that bees and other pollinators love them. Allium bulbs are easy to grow and undemanding, with a great diversity of sizes, colours, textures, heights and bloom times, giving any garden long-lasting colour from early through to late Summer, followed by attractive seedheads.

Alliums are tough perennials, they are related to onions, shallots and garlic and sometimes referred to as Ornamental Onions. They are hardy and easy to grow, with tall elegant stems that don’t overcrowd an area, making them a versatile addition to any garden.

Planting Allium Bulbs

Alliums are remarkably tough, they grow best in full sun in borders, but are best where you are unlikely to dig over and disturb them when they are dormant. They can be clumped together for blocks of colour, mixed in with other plants and flowers to add depth and texture.

Plant in mid-Autumn in well-composted, free-draining soil, in holes about 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulb is high. Water regularly during dry spells, but take care not to over-water as this may cause the bulbs to rot.

Caring for Alliums

After flowering, you can remove the deadheads, but you don’t have to as they still look attractive. Leave as many leaves as possible to produce food for the bulb for the following season. You can lift allium bulbs if you choose, but you don’t need to, they are hardy and don’t need any special care over winter.

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