Shubert's Allium

Shubert’s Allium (Allium schubertii) lights up your garden with fireworks! From late spring to early summer this “Tumbleweed Onion” holds court with sturdy stems and large sparkling pink to violet flower clusters. At 16-20" tall this favorite Allium has everything you’ll need for a unique, fun-loving garden accent.
Zones5 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Squirrel Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
40 to 50"
Mature Plant Size16-20" tall
Bulb Spacing3 bulbs per sq ft
Bloom TimeLate spring to early summer
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SizeBag of 2
SKUHC017377

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Shubert’s Allium (Allium schubertii), also known as Tumbleweed Onion, is a must-have for the late spring flower garden. Like garden sparklers, these whimsical Allium are 16-20" tall, with long-lasting 9-12" spherical blooms. Drought tolerant once established, they will also naturalize nicely. The strap-like blue green foliage adds a nice element as well and the flower spikes make great cut flowers. Leave some standing in the garden though, as once dried out they continue to add a sculptural element to your flower bed. Plant Schubert’s Allium with other late spring blooming bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, and Iris; or perennials such as Nepeta, Oriental poppy, Salvia or Penstemon. Deer and rabbits stay away – some gardeners even weave them through the garden as a pest deterrent. Happy in a sun to part shade location (make sure they get at least six hours of sunk) with compost enriched, well-drained soil. 16-20" tall x 12-18" wide.
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SKUHC017377
Common Name
Shubert's Allium
Botanical Name
Allium schubertii
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
16-20" tall
Bulb Spacing
3 bulbs per sq ft
Flower Bulb Size
14+ cm
Planting Depth
Plant 8" deep
Bloom Time
Late spring to early summer
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Squirrel Resistant
Amount Of Rain
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry, Average, Well Draining
Item Package Size
Bag of 2
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Fall
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Prohibited
Idaho, Oregon, Washington
Item Unit Of Measure
Bulb
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Tips on Growing Fall Planted Flower Bulbs: When you receive your spring bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, etc.) keep them in a dry, dark, cool place until ready to plant. They need air circulation so they will not collect moisture and rot. Planting times can vary from early October in the North to mid-to-late November in the southern regions. A good rule of thumb is to plant them about 6 weeks before the ground is frozen or after the first hard freeze. For more information and a planting depth illustration, see pages 13-15 of our Planting Guide.

Soil Preparation for Bulbs: Plant tulips in well-drained soil to ensure proper root formation. Incorporate a good quality organic compost as needed. Yum Yum Mix® is recommended as an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium needed for strong plants and healthy roots. Mix a small amount into the bottom of the hole before planting your bulbs.

Many bulbs prefer full sun exposure, including Tulips. Exposure to full sun will bring out the rich colors that tulips offer, but some shade will enable a longer blooming period and still offer a colorful addition to your yard or garden. Other bulbs such as Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), Allium, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Hyacinth, Scilla and many Daffodils will tolerate partial shade and bloom well, so long as they receive at least six hours of sunlight each day. Pink Daffodils will hold their color longer if planted in dappled shade or morning sun/afternoon shade.

After planting, add a top dressing of compost or other organic material and water in thoroughly. If your winter is dry, water every three to four weeks throughout the winter and add more mulch if necessary.

Protect your Bulbs: One planting of Yellow Crown Imperial per 20 feet of garden bed will deter foraging mice, voles and moles. To deter chipmunks and squirrels from snacking on Tulip bulbs, place a grid of chicken wire above the bulbs as you plant to protect them. Apply Chase Mole and Gopher Repellent to the surface of the ground to protect bulbs from these burrowing mammals. As bulbs sprout, use our Deer Off Repellent to prevent deer and rabbits from browsing your spring blooms.

After your Bulbs have Bloomed: Once your bulbs have bloomed, allow the bulb foliage to brown and fade naturally, since the leaves are feeding the bulb in the ground. Removal of foliage weakens the bulb and leads to fewer blooms the following year. Planting your bulbs amongst your perennials is one way to conceal the dying bulb foliage. The perennials begin to grow and fill out as the bulb foliage dies back. The perennials will then provide foliage and color in the garden from late spring through the summer and into fall. Regular fertilization with balanced organic or natural fertilizer and a re-application of mulch each fall will insure more and more beautiful spring bulb blooms for many years!


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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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. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from 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 (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.

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