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
Bees
Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

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Common names
  • Drumsticks
  • Ornamental Onion
  • Round Headed Leek
  • Purple Headed Garlic
  • Round-Headed Leek

Photo Gallery
Location: Missouri zone 6a
Date: 2022-06-18
Location: The Park - full sun garden
Date: 2015-07-05
The allium accompanies lily, Royal Sunset.
Location: Warren, Vermont
Date: 2023-05-30

Date: 2023-06-15

#Pollination
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-07-05
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-07-01

Date: 2011-07-04
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2018-06-03
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: early June
Opening flowerheads
Location: The Park, full sun.
Date: 2016-07-01

Date: 2022-06-20
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-14
Location: Rose garden
Date: 2014-07-01
Taller than the baby's breath.
Location: The Park - full sun garden
Date: 2015-07-02

Date: October
photo by ghislain118
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-29
Allium sphaerocephalon, 2017, [Drumstick Allium], AL-ee-um, 24 in
Location: In my garden in Lenore, ID
Date: 2013-06-30

Date: 2016-06-18
Brownstown Pennsylvania #Pollination
Location: IL
Date: 2008-07-04
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2015-06-27
before the color
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2014-07-03
Location: RHS Harlow Carr gardens, Yorkshire, England UK 
Date: 2020-06-27
Allium sphaerocephalon
Location: Rose garden
Date: 2013-0705
Location: Rose garden
Date: 2013-0705
Taller than either the yarrow or the baby's breath
Location: Sun Zone 6a
Date: 2012-07-07
Full bloom and full of bees.
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-01-14
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2014-06-22
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2014-0723
Location: KALAMA WA
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Location: The Park - full sun garden
Date: 2015-09-01
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-05-23
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-07-06
flowers just about to open up..

Date: 2012-06-27
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Drumstick Allium with daylily scapes
Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8
Date: 2014-09-23
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Harper post, full sun
Date: 2013-0713
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-10
Location: Kalama, Wa.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-06-19
Location: The Park
Date: 2014-10-21
Gift from a friend.
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-07-09
Location: Clinton, Michigan 49236
Date: 2017-10-29
Allium sphaerocephalon, 2017, [Drumstick Allium], AL-ee-um, 24 in
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-02
Location: s
Date: 2012-06-05
Location: Sun Zone 6a
Date: 2012-06-05
Whimsicle at this stage.
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2015-02-06
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-08
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-08
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: late May
Unopened flower heads
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-09-01
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2012-06-14 
Drumstick allium buds with Allium 'Globemaster' spent flower head
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-06-28
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-01
Location: Yukon, Oklahoma
Date: 2012-05-22

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: central Illinois
Date: 6-17-07
forefront
Location: My garden in Gent, Belgium
Date: 2012-07-03
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-06-04
Zone 9b.
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Comments:
  • Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jul 4, 2012 4:38 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 9, 2011 3:15 PM concerning plant:
    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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