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Ornamental Onion, Tumbleweed Onion, Schubert Onion

Allium schubertii

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium (AL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: schubertii (shoo-BER-tee-eye) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Canoga Park, California

Dacula, Georgia

Divernon, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

Lafayette, Indiana

Bloomfield, Iowa

Boone, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Pacific Junction, Iowa

Orrs Island, Maine

Upton, Massachusetts

East Tawas, Michigan

Brewster, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Roswell, New Mexico

Clinton Corners, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Memphis, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Houston, Texas

Plano, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 5, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

We loved this plant! It is so unique and everyone wants to know what it is! It's my teenagers favorite! Planted 3 and got all 3 to come up. I read that you shouldn't get water directly in the stem or down it. Also, don't water it too much. Allium's don't like a lot of water. It is shorter than I thought it would be, but basketball size. Definitely stands out.


On Jul 25, 2009, quasymoto from Bloomfield, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I saw this on Ebay and had to get it.
this is the first year that it bloomed and what a show. everyone that see's this in person is wowed and asks "what is that?" even my granddaughter at the age of three was walking around looking at all my flowers and when she came up on this she stopped in her tracks and exclaimed 'Wow, Nana Look. Pretty!" That's the look I was going for! With my other alliums I am very happy.


On Jun 9, 2008, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Bloom diameter is basketball sized. Only limited success with following year's appearance.


On Jun 9, 2007, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

this is a complete show stopper. Everyone that walked by wanting to know what it was. Deer didn't bother it Mine seemed to me to be a bit more purple than pink.


On Nov 12, 2006, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

These are real eye-catchers in the garden. They are multi-purpose. They look like big splashes of exploding fireworks. Then, they dry beautifully if you simply leave them in the garden after they bloom. You can let them be items of interest as they roll around in the flower bed. Then, you can bring them in, tie tread around the stem, and hand them from the ceiling as mobiles! An amazing bulb. Lots of fun.


On Jul 21, 2003, mariajose from Lafayette, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fantastic, beautiful pink fireworks - Very striking and rather alien-looking. All the neighbors wanted to know what it was. Bloom develops seed pods averaging three seeds per pod. I will be testing these over the next year. This plant would make a great gift. Survived it's first winter (a harsh one) in -20 degree (max). I am a good gardener, but I believe almost anyone would have great success with this lovely curiosity.

Plant 1.5 - 2 feet apart minimum. The blooms are huge.