IPHEION Spring Starflower

There is nothing complex about this delightful plant apart from its name. It will flourish in a sunny rockery or at the front of the border, each bulb sending up several stalks in spring -a 2 in. fragrant star-shaped bloom crowning each stalk. A lowly, easy-to-grow subject which has been saddled with such names as Ipheion uniflorum, Brodiaea uniflora, Milla uniflora and Triteleia uniflora. Any of these names may crop up in the catalogue, plus the common names Spring Starflower and Flower of the Incas!

VARIETIES: I. Uniflorum bears pale blue flowers – the best variety is ‘Wisley Blue’ (deep blue). The narrow, pale green leaves emit an onion-like smell when crushed.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – thrives in sun or partial shade. Dislikes an open, windy site.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time September-October. Planting depth 2 in.

Spacing: 4 in. Height 6 in.

Flowering period: April-May.

PROPAGATION: Divide in autumn every 3 years. Replant at once.

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