Allium sphaerocephalon is one of Pam's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:
I admit that what first draws me to these beautiful Alliums is their colour. Starting off in a closed bud of limey-green they open to reveal beautiful burgundy-purple blooms. The egg-shaped flowerheads are bee magnets. They're long lasting, sun-loving, easy-to-grow blooms of awesomeness!
The egg sized and shaped, claret coloured flower head actually starts out chartreuse green at the top of 24 inch stems. Planted en masse in a full sun border they provide years of fun.
Alliums, or ornamental onions, are easy to grow bulbs that are increasing in popularity. They look wonderful in cut bouquets and make a unique accent in any perennial border or bed. If you have problems with deer or rodents, Alliums are an excellent choice as they are snubbed as distasteful. Oh but the bees love 'em!