Allium sphaerocephalon

Drumstick Allium

Deciduous, Herbaceous Bulb / Corm / Tuber, Perennial

Egg-shaped flowers start as tight green clusters that gradually take on magenta purple tones as they develop, blooming late spring into summer. Dots of color atop delicate stems are at home in a relaxed and natural setting—plant with grasses and other drought-tolerant perennials to create a sun-loving meadow scene. An vigorous self-seeder under some conditions.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 15 - 30 tall x 6 - 18 wide
Shape / Form: Upright
Foliage Texture: Coarse, Fine
Foliage Quality: Coarse, Fine

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Flowers

Foliage Color: Green

Flower Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Magenta / Deep Pink, Purple / Violet
Bloom Season: May, Jun, Summer
Flower Shape: Sphere

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Cutting Garden, Hell Strip, Mixed Border, Naturalize
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Rabbit Resistant, Reflected Heat
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Summer, Late Spring / Early Summer
Position / Role: matrix / mingler
Plant Behavior: Aggressive / Crowds Neighbors, Fast Growing / Vigorous, Naturalizes, Re-seeds in some conditions

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos