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Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Season Fall
Color Purple, Red
Growth Habit Clumping
Bloom Season Early Summer
Bloom Size Up to 1 Inch

Plant Characteristics Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Easy to Grow & Maintain, Fragrant
Use Container Garden, Cut Flower Garden, Dried Flowers
Growing Conditions Drought Tolerant, Outdoor
Plant Resistance Deer, Rabbit

About Sphaerocephalon / Drumsticks - Allium Bulbs (Small)


Seed Type Bulb
Plant Type Small
Also known as Drumsticks, Roundhead Leek, Round-Headed Allium, Ornamental Onion

Allium sphaerocephalon, aka "Drumstick allium," could also be called "Chameleon allium" because it changes color! The egg-shaped blooms start out green, and then change to pink and then to reddish-purple. Drumstick alliums grow to about 18 inches tall and bloom toward the end of June. They are super versatile; you can grow them in containers indoors, and they are great in dried flower arrangements! Like all alliums, Drumsticks are part of the onion family, and their telltale scent keeps deer and other critters away.

Planting Information

Planting Sphaerocephalon / Drumsticks - Allium Bulbs (Small)

Planting Season Fall
Light Requirement Full Sun, Partial Shade
Planting Depth 2-3 inches deep
Plant Height 18 inches
Plant Spacing 3 to 5 inches
Water Needs Average
Hardiness Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Bulb Size 5+ cm circumference
View our Allium Planting Guide to learn more.


Recommended Coverage
100 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 10 Sq. Ft
25 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 2.5 Sq. Ft
50 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 5 Sq. Ft

Companions Plants

Companion Plants for Sphaerocephalon / Drumsticks - Allium Bulbs (Small)

Aesthetic or Culinary