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Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Allium 'Lucy Ball'

Other names

Allium 'Lucy Ball'

Genus

Allium Allium

Variety or Cultivar

'Lucy Ball' _ 'Lucy Ball' is a bulbous perennial with strap-shaped leaves and spherical heads of purple flowers on tall upright stems in early summer.


Allium 'Lucy Ball' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has an onion scent when bruised

Habit

Erect

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Onion rot , Downy mildew Onion rot , Downy mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Allium 'Lucy Ball'

Other names

Allium 'Lucy Ball'

Genus

Allium Allium

Variety or Cultivar

'Lucy Ball' _ 'Lucy Ball' is a bulbous perennial with strap-shaped leaves and spherical heads of purple flowers on tall upright stems in early summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage has an onion scent when bruised

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Specific diseases

Onion rot , Downy mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Planted in groups, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well-drained soil. Add grit to clay soils to improve drainage.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball')

Common pest name

Asain cotton leafworm; Cluster caterpillar; Fall armyworm; Rice cutworm; Taro caterpiller; Tobacco budworm; Tobacco caterpillar; Tobacco cutworm; Tobacco leaf caterpillar

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera litura

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball')

Common pest name

allium leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Phytomyza gymnostoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of Allium already present in UK and spreading; previous consultation supported awareness raising only; industry should prepare for the event of findings in commercial crops.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Allium 'Lucy Ball' (Allium 'Lucy Ball')

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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