The adults lay their eggs in the spring and fall. A reference to the small, egg-shaped heads of flowers that appear in July and August at the tops of long slender stems. It also works well in pots. Pale buds develop into a marvelous burgundy-green, rivaling the more metallic flower. The drumstick allium, Allium sphaerocephalon, is a striking allium, bearing dense green drumstick-style flower heads which mature to maroon-red. A later-blooming, excellent value variety is the drumstick Allium sphaerocephalon. Drumstick allium, Allium sphaerocephalum Over the last couple of years I have been more than a little preoccupied with one species in the Allium family, namely garlic ( Allium sativum ). The orthographic variant A. sphaerocephalum is also found. Bees and other beneficial insects love the blooms, but because of the slightly garlicky aroma of allium plants, deer and other wild critters tend to look the other way. They look best when allowed to waft their way throughout the garden so that they can surprise you by peeking out through other flowers. Drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon): Blooms in early July, a couple weeks after Purple Sensation. And yes, these are the best-looking members of the family of Allium, which includes onions, leeks and chives. So if yours don’t produce a lollipop bloom, dig up the bulbs and saute them. Drumstick allium, Allium sphaerocephalum Over the last couple of years I have been more than a little preoccupied with one species in the Allium family, namely garlic ( Allium sativum ). Above: Allium sphaerocephalon freshly unsheathed from their papery cases. It’s a great choice for growing in a mixed herbaceous border among ornamental grasses, or gravel gardens. Their one-inch flower clusters start off greenish and eventually start to resemble red clover. So much so that I have created a website all about this fascinating and beautiful vegetable. Many ornamental alliums, including Drumsticks and ampeloprasum -- are edible. A reference to the small, egg-shaped heads of flowers that appear in July and August at the tops of long slender stems. For the ornamental grower, they mostly cause surface damage. Allium sphaerocephalon is popularly known as the drumstick allium and also the round-headed garlic, ball-head onion, and other variations on these names. Every family has its beauties. home@latimes.com When cut, they can be used for adding airy full stops as in the arrangements to follow. Allium may be a kissing cousin to pungent onion and garlic, but the spectacular beauty of the plant will knock your socks off, and growing allium bulbs couldn’t be easier. Drumstick allium (a. sphaerocephalon), an ornamental, has slender foliage, grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is topped with rich red purple flowers that are almost 2 inches in diameter this time of year. (The word, Allium, means 'onion' in Latin.) 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