Allium Globemaster

Allium 'Globemaster' is a fantastic cross between Allium macleanii x cristophii, made by Jan Bijl, requiring nearly 20 years to bring it into commercially scaled production. It has dense globes of purple starry flowers that have that same metallic sheen evidenced by A. cristophii (often misspelled "christophii"). The floral globes start out 4-5" across, but since the new buds pop out just beyond the spent blooms, the great spheres of bloom grow in size over several weeks. Under good conditions, the bloom heads can exceed 11" (28 cm) across! Photo by Mark McDonough.

Allium 'Globemaster', Mark McDonough

One of the best features of the "big ball" type of alliums are the fantastic seed heads. Here's a photo of two dried 'Globemaster' seed heads, taken recently in my office at work. The dried seed structures are about 8 years old now, but still hold their decorative appeal. Photographed up against a brick wall, and knowing that a brick is 8" (20 cm) wide, you'll get a good idea just how huge the bloom heads can get. Photo by Mark McDonough, taken 3/6/03.

Allium 'Globemaster' seed head, Mark McDonough
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