Height 10-15cm (4-6in)
Planting distance 5-7.5cm (2-3in)
Flowers mid to late spring
Sheltered, sunny or partially shaded site Bulbs available in early and mid autumn This pretty flower is one of the few truly hardyto have come to Britain from South America. Its narrow pale green leaves clothe the ground from autumn onwards, and the scented lilac-blue appear in mid and late spring. Only one star-like flower is carried on each 10-15cm (4-6in) high stem, but a bulb produces several stems, so a noticeable clump is soon formed.
Ipheion looks most effective planted in groups in a rock garden, or at the front of a border. It tolerates full sun or partial shade, and is a useful addition to any gar-den by the sea. Ipheion uniflorum (also known as Brodiaea uniflora and Triteleia uniflora) is the only species available; ‘Album’ is a pure white form, and ‘Wisley Blue’ is violet-blue.
Plant bulbs 5-7.5cm (2-3in) deep, and 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart in early to mid autumn. Choose a sheltered position in sun or partial shade, with well-drained soil. Keep the site free of weeds. In late summer remove the dead leaves and flower stems.
Divide in autumn and replant immediately.
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