Small heads of vivid bloom open late spring to summer (for us, late November to January). The flowers emerge green and gradually mature to burgundy, creating a lovely dynamic effect. It also means you have a long show as they are decorative right from the get go.
Allium `Drumsticks` flowers are long lasting in the garden and fantastic for cutting, lasting up to two weeks in a vase. They are reliable in the garden, returning year after year and the bees love them!
Allium `Drumsticks` are good companions for ornamental grasses and mix extremely well with perennials, their tall stems pop through wherever they are planted . They are at home in the veggie patch and a nice compliment to roses. In short, they can be easily used to create stunning effects in a variety of locations.
Alliums are tough, hardy, and beautiful too! They are in the onion family and when bruised, the foliage smells just like onions. The leaves of Allium Drumsticks grow up to 30cm long.
Plant Alliums into well drained soil in a sunny position. They need at least six hours sun and a warm spot in the garden in order to thrive. Plant to a depth of around 10-15cm, or four times the height of the bulb. They grow well in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soils and are dry tolerant once established.
Allium ‘Drumsticks’ bulbs are best left to naturalise; lifting and dividing only as they become overcrowded. This means you can relax and leave them in the ground year after year and simply enjoy the late spring flowers! For best blooms, add a well balanced fertiliser in summer.
It is also a good idea to protect the foliage from slugs and snails.
Cool to Sub-Tropical
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