Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
Allium sphaerocephalon Drumsticks
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Allium sphaerocephalon 'Drumsticks'

Very long lasting and a magnet for friendly insects
  • Striking magenta flowerheads on long, straight stems – just like drumsticks.
  • Summer flowering in July and August, very unusual for alliums, and adored by pollinators.
  • The flowers look superb mixed in amongst other summer flowering plants and they’re perfect in pots too.
  • Returning year after year, gradually multiplying and naturalising to give a bigger and better display.
  • Supplied as 50 bulbs, size 4/5, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height of 90 cm (3 ft) and width of 10 cm (4 in).

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These unusual alliums flower in summer, unlike most other varieties, so they’re definitely something different. Instead of flowering in the familiar globes, they form dense drumstick shaped flowerheads made up dozens of green buds that gradually turn to magenta before opening from the top downwards.

Flowering in July and August and with low growing foliage, the drumstick allium’s long, straight flower stems look stunning amongst other summer flowers, and they work well in groups or dotted through borders and is a great eye-catching specimen grow in pots. Recommended by the RHS as a ‘Plant for Pollinators’, the flowers are a favourite with bees and butterflies and they’re ideal for cutting too.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.

Preferring a sunny location, alliums are not too fussy about soil type and will grow well, naturalising and multiplying over the years. Clumps can be dug up and split every few years to stop them becoming congested.

Supplied as 50 bulbs, size 4/5, ready to plant in autumn, growing to a height of 90 cm (3 ft) and width of 10 cm (4 in).

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RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
RHS Perfect Pollinators
RHS Perfect Pollinators
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Underplant with hostas, ferns or other low-growing, hardy perennial plants which will help to disguise the leaves as they fade.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Alliums

  • Find a location where the soil drains well and where they will receive full sun.
  • Plant allium bulbs in early to mid-autumn in a sheltered site to prevent the top-heavy flower spikes from getting blown over.
  • Dig over the soil and remove any weeds before planting.
  • Water well after planting, saturating the soil around the bulbs. Once established, alliums are drought tolerant.
  • In borders, plant bulbs in early autumn at a depth of about four times the diameter of the bulbs.
  • In containers, alliums will do well in deep pots with a good general-purpose potting compost with a handful of horticultural grit added. 

Aftercare Advice for Alliums

  • After planting, feed with a general-purpose feed such as our Blooming Fast Superior Soluble Fertiliser.
  • Dried flower heads can be removed and made into indoor decorations or left on the plants to self-seed.
  • Divide alliums every three to four years or when the plants begin to look overcrowded and blooming decreases.
  • Lift the bulbs with a garden fork or spade and pull the bulbs apart.
  • Replant some in the original location and plant the remainder in a new location. 

Pruning and trimming advice for Alliums

  • The leaves die down at flowering time, so it’s best to plant alliums where this foliage is masked by that of other plants.
  • Avoid removing them while still green, as they provide the bulbs with energy for the following season.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
90 cm
10 cm
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