Allium sphaerocephalon (also called round-headed leek and ornamental garlic)
Hardy bulbous perennial grown for spherical heads, not unlike a large drumstick, of rich pink-purple flowers which appear in summer. Looks good with many herbaceous perennials and the shorter grasses. Also good for gravel gardens, low maintenance and drought tolerant planting.
Noted for attracting wildlife, especially bees.
Flowers in summer.
Habit - upright. H: up to 90cm S: 8cm.
Stems - slender and straight, mid-green.
Leaves - narrow and strap-like,mid-green.
Flowers - spherical clusters of tiny flowers which open from the top of the cluster, turning pink-purple as they go.
Moderately fertile, well drained. They do well in sandy soil.
Divide large clumps in spring or autumn.
Divide clumps in spring or autumn. May also self-seed.
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