Drumsticks (Allium sphaerocephalon)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 to 36 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Bulbs
Pollinators: Self
Various insects

The allium accompanies lily, Royal Sunset.

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Location: The Park - full sun gardenDate: 2015-07-05The allium accompanies lily, Royal Sunset.
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Date: 2011-07-04
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Location: The Park, full sun.Date: 2016-07-01
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-07-14
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-07-07Full bloom and full of bees.
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Location: In my garden in Lenore, IDDate: 2013-06-30
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-07-01Taller than the baby's breath.
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Location: Indiana zone 5Date: 2015-06-27before the color
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Location: ILDate: 2008-07-04
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: early JuneOpening flowerheads
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDrumstick Allium with daylily scapes
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2012-07-06flowers just about to open up..
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2014-09-23
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Location: The Park - full sun gardenDate: 2015-07-02
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Location: Kalama, Wa.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 6-17-07forefront
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: late MayUnopened flower heads
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: sDate: 2012-06-05
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Location: Sun Zone 6aDate: 2012-06-05Whimsicle at this stage.
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2013-0713
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2013-0705
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2013-0705Taller than either the yarrow or the baby's breath
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-06-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-02
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2014-06-22
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2014-07-03
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Location: Harper post, full sunDate: 2014-0723
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Location: The ParkDate: 2014-10-21Gift from a friend.
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Location: The Park - full sun gardenDate: 2015-09-01
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-07-08
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-07-08
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Comments:
Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jul 4, 2012 4:38 PM

One of the best of the garden alliums with a late blooming season, unobtrusive chive-like foliage, and bulbs that are tolerant of summer moisture. This species looks best when planted en masse throughout the garden. Hundreds of bulbs can be tucked into small spaces and will play nicely even in even the smallest garden beds. The beautiful blooms attract all sorts of wonderful pollinators to the garden.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 9, 2011 3:15 PM

Introduced in 1594.
The oval flower heads are a couple of inches wide and consist of about 100 densely packed florets that are bell shaped. Tall stems.

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Plant Events from our members
gardengus On June 23, 2015 Bloomed
just showing color
gardengus On June 25, 2014 Bloomed
full bloom
flaflwrgrl On January 31, 2015 Plant emerged
They are up! About 3" high foliage at this point.
flaflwrgrl On November 24, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Planted the 25 bulbs form American Meadows scattered in various places.
flaflwrgrl On November 19, 2014 Obtained plant
25 bulbs from American Meadows.
flaflwrgrl On November 5, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Planted bulbs (20) from Bert Leek - A Touch of Nature.
MissMew On September 1, 2015 Obtained plant
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