Sternbergia: yellow star flower

Height 10-15cm (4-6in)

Planting distance 10-15cm (4-6in)

Flowers in autumn

Well-drained soil

Sunny sheltered site

Bulbs available in summer

With their brilliant yellow goblet-shaped flowers, this genus of crocus look-alikes provides a brilliant autumn display. In the wild these small bulbous plants grow in sunny rock crevices and scorched scrubland, and in the garden they need a sheltered sunny spot.

Sternbergia lutea is the only widely available species grown outdoors. It has bright golden-yellow flowers in early and mid autumn, borne on short stems.


Plant the bulbs 10-15cm (4-6in) deep and 10-15cm (4-6in) apart in late summer. Set them in any well-drained soil in full sun. Do not disturb unless the plants become overcrowded.


In late summer, lift, remove any offsets, and replant separately at once.

Pests and diseases

Slugs may eat flowers and mice may disturb bulbs.

22. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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