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Allium schubertii

SKU: AM002920
per Bag of 2
Now shipping to zones 2-10.
Allium schubertii, also known as Tumbleweed Onion, is a definite conversation-piece! It boasts huge, 12-15" loose, spidery flowers on plants that are only 20" tall. Flower heads resemble a beautiful botanical explosion, making Schubertii a great late-spring finale. A hardy plant that is unaffected by diseases, insects, and wildlife pests. (Allium schubertii)
key features
Botanical Name
Allium schubertii
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Fragrant
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
16-20" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer


This Allium adds a new dimension with fine-line explosions of color. A rich rosy pink / purple in a fireball of bloom.

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.