Allium cepa (Aggregatum group Group) ‘Red Sun’


  • Botanical name: Allium cepa (Aggregatum group Group) 'Red Sun'
  • Common name: Shallot
  • Family: Alliaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Closely related to onions, shallots are easy to grow and have a distinctive flavour that is sweeter and milder than onions, making them more suitable for using in quiches and sauces. Shallots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They grow best in a well-drained, fertile soil in full sun, and store well into autumn.


Allium cepa Aggregatum Group ‘Red Sun’ has an attractive red skin and crisp, white flesh with a good shallot flavour. It’s ideal for using in salads and pickles, and bulbs store well into winter.

How to grow Allium 'Red Sun'

  • Plant size

    35cm height

    15cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Allium 'Red Sun' and wildlife

Allium 'Red Sun' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Allium 'Red Sun' poisonous?

Allium 'Red Sun' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Allium 'Red Sun'