Anthericum: St Bernard’s Lily

Height 45-60cm(1-½ – 2ft)

Planting distance 30cm (1ft)

Flowers late spring to early summer

Well-drained, moisture retentive soil

Partial shade or sun

Tuberous roots available in autumn

The starry white flowers of Anthericum liliago, one of two hardy species in this genus, appear in late spring and early summer. With its grass-like leaves and delicate flowers, A. liliago is best grown in herbaceous borders in groups of five or more plants.


Choose a lightly shaded or sunny spot with soil that is humus-rich and well-drained but unlikely to dry out in summer. Plant the tuberous roots 10cm (4in) deep in autumn. In early spring mulch with garden compost or well-rot-ted manure. Cut the stems back to ground level after flowering.


Divide overcrowded plants between mid autumn and early spring; or raise new plants from seed, sown in spring in a cold frame.

Pests and diseases

Generally trouble free.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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