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Gladiator Allium

 

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Gladiator Allium create a whimsical, dramatic statement with perfect, globe shaped flowers in a rich purple. Their large blooms are beautiful both in the garden and cut for bouquets.

Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Squirrel Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall
Bulb Spacing3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Size Bag of 2 - Bulb Size: 18 cm
SKU 65MIBU2

Plant Information

This Allium creates very straight, strong stems and thick, dense flowers. A group of these makes a sensational show in the garden.

About the Alliums. Every family has its beauties. And yes, these are the best-looking members of the family of Allium, which includes onions, leeks and chives. (The word, Allium, means 'onion' in Latin.) Many Allium species are native to Iran, where many tulips also originate, and the edible Alliums have been cultivated and a staple of diets for over 10,000 years.

The beauty of the small lavender flowerheads of chives have always been a decorative highlight in herb gardens. But in recent years, gardeners have become fascinated with the larger Alliums, particular the giants. As always, the Dutch hybridizers took them into their stocks, and now we have a whole group of beautiful new flowering onions for gardens. Most bloom in late spring so they bridge the gap nicely between the tulip season and early summer bloom of peonies and poppies.

Experienced gardeners plant these giant Alliums in groups of several bulbs, set very close together. The foliage is not attractive for long, so it's important to plant them next to other perennials whose foliage will more or less cover the Allium's base. This way, the wonderful flower stalks rise up and tower over the other flowers for a wonderful period of bloom.

SKU 65MIBU2
Common Name Flowering Onion Gladiator
Botanical Name Allium Gladiator
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Bulb Size 18 cm
Bulb Spacing 3 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 8" deep
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Flower Size 7-8" flowers
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Squirrel Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Prohibited In Idaho
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsGladiator Allium
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (11)
  • Attractive (10)
  • Hardy (9)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Reliable growth (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (11)
  • Outdoors (7)
  • Large areas (4)
  • Patio (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (10), Getting started (6), Master gardener (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gladiator produces eye catching display!

I have always been fascinated by the Gladiator Allium, and never have I seen any first hand.I planted my Gladiator bulbs in the border beside my house. I fed the bulbs with bone meal...Read complete review

I have always been fascinated by the Gladiator Allium, and never have I seen any first hand.I planted my Gladiator bulbs in the border beside my house. I fed the bulbs with bone meal when I planted them. All the plants came up beautifully and all bloomed. Although not quite as large as advertised, but still quite an eye catching display. I have had numerous compliments from folks walking by.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Somewhat disappointed

We purchased 3 bags of allium bulbs (6 total). Unfortunately, only 4 grew at all. One bulb seemed empty and half dead, but we planted it anyway. The 4 that did...Read complete review

We purchased 3 bags of allium bulbs (6 total). Unfortunately, only 4 grew at all. One bulb seemed empty and half dead, but we planted it anyway. The 4 that did grow were nice and healthy except for the greenery at the bottom. It died fairly fast, but not sure if that's normal. This is the first time planting alliums.

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5.0

I'm very excited to see this bloom.

By 

from eureka mo

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

    I am amazed first time to get dirt on my hands and all products are doing well from bulbs to health hearty plants can not wait to see them bloom

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    75% success

    By 

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Getting Started

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

      Planted these last fall. Love Allium. They sprouted, but 1/4 died little and only 2/4 flowered. The ones that flowered did put on a lovely show though. May try again with the two empty spots.

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      • Personal

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Allium

      By 

      from Spokane WA

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors
        • Patio
        • Pool Area

        Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

        I planted the Gladiator Allium in front of some Purple Sensation Allium. They are beautiful! I like the different heights and sizes together. I will be purchasing more.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Memories from another garden

        By 

        from Kentucky

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Indoors

          Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

          A gift for a daughter who has a lovely garden and enjoys adding something new. We saw these in another garden and I decided to surprise her. She is awaiting their arrival - she planted them in the fall and they have yet to show themselves, but when they do, they will be lovely. I trust this company.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very Healthy Plants

          By 

          from Mosinee, WI

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          Pros

          • Low Maintenance
          • Reliable Growth

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

              I planted my bulbs last fall when I recieved them. We had a very wet fall in WI so I was a little worried about them, it was very cold when I planted. This spring has not been good either. It is nearing mid May and we still have some snow in areas, it has been very cold and again very wet, fields are flooded, but without fail I see these plants growing, they are quite large already considering how far behind everything else is in this weather. They've not yet flowered for me, but I don't doubt that they will since the health and strength of the green plant looks so well. I can't wait!

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hardy!

              By 

              from Central NY state

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              Pros

              • Reliable Growth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                  I planted 6 of these in the fall per instructions. I live in central NY state. They began coming up mid April. Despite the wind and frosty mornings, they are thriving. They have yet to bloom, but my point is they are hardy!

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Somewhat disappointed

                  By 

                  from Worcester, MA

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Pros

                  • Large Bulb Size
                  • Low Maintenance

                  Cons

                  • Not As Much Show As Exp

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Behind Flowers

                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                  We purchased 3 bags of allium bulbs (6 total). Unfortunately, only 4 grew at all. One bulb seemed empty and half dead, but we planted it anyway. The 4 that did grow were nice and healthy except for the greenery at the bottom. It died fairly fast, but not sure if that's normal. This is the first time planting alliums.

                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Never bloomed. Waste of money

                  By 

                  from Louisville, OH

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                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                  I'm so mad I wasted my money on these. They never bloomed. Not a single one.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Alliums are superb accents.

                  By 

                  from Muskegon, MI.

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Large Bulb Size
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                  • Short Bloom Time

                  Best Uses

                  • Bloom In Mid Spring
                  • Garden Accent
                  • Tall Strong Stems

                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                  I use these Alliums as mid spring showers. They stand tall and straight and are attractive globes. Deer do not bother them. They are beautiful. I will be adding more of them in spots around the garden as accents. Wish they would bloom all season long.

                   
                  5.0

                  Wanted these forever

                  By 

                  from Peru il

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Large Bulb Size
                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Areas

                    Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                    The plants were actually under flood water from a field this spring. When the water receded there they were. First year so just one bloom. But vibrant, sturdy and was very excited ordering more to n crease density.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Purple gazing ball

                    By 

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Large Bulb Size
                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Pest Resistant
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Cut Flowers
                      • Large Areas

                      Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                      Always wait to see these flowers come every year. You will be pleasently surprised every year.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Add drama to the garden

                      By 

                      from Franklin, NY

                      About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

                      Pros

                      • Fragrant
                      • Large Bulb Size
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Pest Resistant
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                      • Short Bloom Time

                      Best Uses

                      • Add drama to garden
                      • Backdrop for border
                      • Large Areas

                      Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                      Allium are one of the most fragrant and beautiful spring flowering bulbs. Quite dramatic in masses.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Stunning

                      By 

                      from Boston, Ma

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Pros

                      • Large Bulb Size
                      • Low Maintenance
                      • Pest Resistant
                      • Reliable Growth
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Attention Grabbers
                        • Borders

                        Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                        I ordered 6 bulbs. 5 bloomed. They were stunning accents to my newer garden. The bulbs were large, but probably not 6" in diameter. Apparently someone else thought they were gorgeous too because they stole my 5th bloom straight out of my garden! I was devastated, to say the least. I will probably buy more of these this year. Maybe even the next size up.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Needed height.

                        By 

                        from Washington , IL

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Large Bulb Size
                        • Long Bloom Time
                        • Pest Resistant
                        • Reliable Growth
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Raised Beds

                          Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                          Planted last fall and did not disappoint this spring! Looked great behind the green and white hosta border. Will need several bags more this fall!

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          cute but smaller than expected

                          By 

                          from whitestone, NY

                          About Me Getting Started

                          Pros

                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden

                            Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                            Overall globe size is smaller than pictured unless the child's head is smaller than average. Actual size i would say is about 4.5" the most instead of 6". They are very cute tho, just smaller than i thought. I might try globe master next year.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Gladiator produces eye catching display!

                            By 

                            from Hendersonville,NC

                            About Me Master Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy
                            • Pest resistant

                            Cons

                            • Small In Size

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Outdoors
                            • Patio
                            • Pool Area

                            Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                            I have always been fascinated by the Gladiator Allium, and never have I seen any first hand.I planted my Gladiator bulbs in the border beside my house. I fed the bulbs with bone meal when I planted them. All the plants came up beautifully and all bloomed. Although not quite as large as advertised, but still quite an eye catching display. I have had numerous compliments from folks walking by.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Everyone needs Allium Gladiator

                            By 

                            from Georgia

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Instructions
                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors

                              Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                              Awesome large flowers. Everyone wants to know where I got them!

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                              4.0

                              Gladiator Allium

                              By 

                              from Kansas

                              About Me Master Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Instructions
                              • Attractive
                              • Healthy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Garden
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                                I am pleased at the show these Allium are making in my flower bed. I got them out late in the season, but they got enough of the cold to bloom now. They are just beautiful!
                                Thank you

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                                • Personal

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                GLOBES OF GLORY!

                                By 

                                from Schererville, IN

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                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Instructions
                                • Attractive
                                • Hardy
                                • Healthy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Garden

                                  Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                                  I love Allium plants! (So do bumble bees.) I first planted them in a CIRCLE around another plant, but found that planting them in a CLUSTER is so much more attractive. THEY MAKE A GORGEOUS DRIED FLOWER ARRANGEMENT: Towards the end of their blooming season, (1)cut them to desired length, (2)spray with hair spray, (3)dry, and (4)put them in a tall vase. Beautiful year after year!

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                                  5.0

                                  Allium's are a dream!

                                  By 

                                  from South East Michigan

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Instructions
                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Healthy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garden
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Patio

                                    Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                                    This is my first year planting Alliums and they are coming up beautifully. We have very poor soil and rain has been scarce, but I expect in a day or so they will be fully bloomed and will be glorious to look at!

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Simply GORGEOUS!

                                    By 

                                    from Miamisburg, Ohio

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Instructions
                                    • Attractive
                                    • Hardy
                                    • Healthy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Garden

                                      Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                                      We bought our home five years ago and have been trying to bring it back to life. The gardens were so run over that you couldn't see the shrubs or even the front door. After many years and lots of love our yard looks like a botanical paradise. My favorite garden, the one that I pause at whenever possible is behind our laundry room window and just outside the morning room window. We have planted there poppies, peonies, iris in lush masses and these beautiful allium as a back drop. It's my little piece of Heaven! Much of the credit should go to American Meadows for their hardy products and dependable instructions. I know I can trust whatever I get from them to be simply GORGEOUS and last a long time. I'm looking forward to many more years of watching my "Piece of Heaven" grow.

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                                      5.0

                                      Just as promised

                                      By 

                                      from Stoutsville, OH

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                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Instructions
                                      • Hardy
                                      • Healthy
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • On time as promised
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • A great gift
                                      • Garden
                                      • Gravel Site
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Patio

                                      Comments about American Meadows Gladiator Allium:

                                      I bought this bulb in the summer and received it "as promised" in the fall. My Mother and Grandmother had admired them in other gardens. After my Grandmother passed, my Mother wanted to plant some on her grave site. She could not find them. We were pleased when the bulbs were healthy and even larger than we had expected. Simply the most gorgeous plant.

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