Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'
Allium 'Ping Pong'

Allium 'Ping Pong'

"Wild leek"

Allium 'Ping Pong'

25 bulbs — £3.75

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Description

Most alliums—or ornamental onions—flower in late spring and early summer. If you want to prolong your allium season, then choose Allium 'Ping Pong', which will be looking its best between June and August. It is an unusual allium (also sometimes referred to as wild leek). Its flowerhead resembles a garlic seed head, revealing a tightly packed silvery pink ball of tiny star flowers. These stand atop tall, strong, straight, deep green stems, and a clump of basal, strap-shaped leaves. With flowers at around 100cm high off the ground, Allium 'Ping Pong' is ideal for the midway point or back of the border. 

The flowers of Allium ampeloprasum 'Ping Pong' are extremely attractive to bees and other pollinating insects, making the plant a wonderful addition to a wildlife garden. Then, after the flowers have faded, you can enjoy the architectural seed heads, which create a spectacular display over several months. Or, of you fancy some indoor decoration, cut flowers for the vase; you will be able to enjoy the seedheads this way, too.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Allium ampeloprasum 'Ping Pong'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Bulb size

    6/+

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    25 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun, Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Cut flower gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy
    Stony

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Plant your Allium 'Ping Pong' bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Wild leek" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Allium 'Ping Pong' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all Allium planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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