Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Drumstick Onion, Round-headed Garlic
The drumstick onion, a bulbous perennial, is grown for its dense, egg-shaped clusters of small, greenish-pink to dark-red flowers, which bloom in the summer on tall flower stalks that emerge from a basal clump of long, linear green leaves. When crushed, the leaves and stems have the familiar, pungent fragrance of the onion family. The drumstick onion is native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, where it grows in full sun and well-drained, often sandy soil.
In the fall, plant this bulb a hand’s width deep in well-drained soil; rot can result if planted in wet soil. Once established, it will tolerate some drought. Reduce watering when the foliage starts to fade. Like many alliums, this one has a tendency to self-sow freely. To avoid weediness remove the flower stalks before the flowers makes seeds. The bulbs multiply and one becomes many in a few years, Eventually, the crowding reduces the flowering. Then, it is time to dig up the bulbs and replant the largest at generous spacings. Grow this unusual plant in groups in the mixed border (it’s especially congenial with daylilies, both blooming at the same time), in containers, or in a rock garden. These are also good cutflowers.
12 - 1
4 - 11
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
0"-36" / 0.0cm - 91.4cm
0"-0" / 0.0cm - 0.0cm (12)
Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Green, Pink, Dark Red
Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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