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Allium sphaerocephalon L.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. curtum (Boiss. & Gaill.) Duyfjes

Allium sphaerocephalon var. viridialbum (Tineo) Regel

Allium sphaerocephalon var. descendens (L.) Regel

Allium sphaerocephalon var. durandoi Batt. & Trab.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. descendens (L.) K.Richt.

Allium sphaerocephalon var. crinitum (Tausch) Nyman

Allium sphaerocephalon var. aegaeum (Heldr. & Halácsy) Hayek

Allium sphaerocephalon var. bosniacum (Kumm. & Sendtn.) Asch. & Graebn.

Allium sphaerocephalon var. approximatum (Gren. & Gord.) Nyman

Allium sphaerocephalon var. arvense (Guss.) Parl.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. arvense (Guss.) Arcang.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. durandoi (Batt. & Trab.) Duyfjes

Allium sphaerocephalon var. scaberrimum (M.Serres) Nyman

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. ebusitanum (Font Quer) Rosselló

Mus & N.Torres

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. sphaerocephalon

Allium sphaerocephalon var. trachypus (Boiss. & Spruner) Boiss.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. trachypus (Boiss. & Spruner) K.Richt.

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. sardoum (Moris) K.Richt.

Allium sphaerocephalon var. laxiflorum Guss.

Allium sphaerocephalon var. sardoum (Moris) Regel

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. laxiflorum (Guss.) Giardina & Raimondo

Allium sphaerocephalon var. purpureum Nyman

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. rollii (A.Terracc.) K.Richt.

Allium sphaerocephalon f. prostratum Corill.

Figureau & Godeau

Allium sphaerocephalon subsp. viridialbum (Tineo) K.Richt.

Drumstick allium

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAmaryllidaceaeAmaryllis family—plants that grow from bulbs. Includes onions and many others
GenusAlliumOnions, leeks, shallots, garlic, scallions, etc.
Speciessphaerocephalon

About plant names...

Drumstick allium is a European native, and is becoming naturalized in some areas of North America. It is most often seen in gardens.

Identification: These onion family members are like chives on steroids. Hollow, tubular stems about ⅛" (3.2 mm) around reach heights of 12-36" (30-91 cm), topped by ball-shaped pink-purple flowers about 1" (2.5 cm) in diameter.

Online References:

Allium sphaerocephalon at the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Allium sphaerocephalon in Paghat's Garden

Allium sphaerocephalon on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Allium sphaerocephalon on CalPhotos

Allium sphaerocephalon at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Allium sphaerocephalon on Wikipedia

Allium sphaerocephalon description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Allium sphaerocephalon (drumstick allium)

6/17/2010 · Mt. Lebanon St., Pepperell, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 5-9:

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