STERNBERGIA

P. These are bulbs with yellow, crocus-like flowers, seldom seen but often offered in catalogues of bulb specialists. They require a sunny, well-drained position facing south but are not fussy about soil so long as it is warm. In all save the mildest districts it is advisable to protect with ashes, evergreen branches etc. in winter. They take a year or two to establish themselves. Plant 4 in. deep and the same distance apart, if possible on a slope or grassy bank. Increase by division in spring, although it is best to leave undisturbed as long as possible. Sternbergia lutea blooms in August, the leaves appearing simultaneously and S. Fischeri-ana in February or March. Both grow to about 6 in.

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