Allium Pinball Wizard is a mid-height variety of ornamental onion, a cottage garden staple, which features silver-purple, star-shaped flowers in densely packed globe clusters from mid-May. The flower globes are enormous, up to 20cm across. Unlike other alliums, the strappy grey-green leaves do not die back when the flower develops.
Attractive to butterflies and bees, this hardy herbaceous perennial bulb has a long flowering season. Pinball Wizard works well when planted in drifts with ornamental grasses and other alliums, or to take over from tulips. Or plant in a sunny border, so the umbrels can grow through other foliage such as paeonies. Also ideally suited to gravel gardens or prairie style planting.
The flowers and the seed-heads are both the first choice allium for flower arranging, making this a good all-rounder for your garden.
Common Name: Dutch Garlic
: Fully hardy
Height & Spread: 60cm x 20cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained, fertile soil
Aspect: Full sun / Dappled shade
Position: South or west facing
Flowering period: May – June
Care: Split large clumps in spring or autumn.