Ipheion uniflorum
Garden Plant Information

Ipheion uniflorum

 

Name

Ipheion uniflorum (also called spring starflower)

Genus  

Ipheion

Species

uniflorum

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Bulbous perennial, closely related to Alliums. Grown for scented flowers that open in late winter and spring. The plant spreads naturally over time, making bold clumps. Good for all types of garden.

Season of interest

Flowers in late winter and spring.

Key horticultural features

  1. Slightly lax-leaved habit. H: up to 15cm, S: up to 8cm.

  2. Leaves are green and strap-like though slightly curved inwards. Some stand straight whilst others curve. Crushed leaves smell of garlic.

  3. Flower stems are straight and green.

  4. Flowers are scented, star-shaped, with six petals facing outward. Darker at the tips, fading to pale blue/white at the centre, which leads to a funnel. Bright yellow stamens show at the centre.

Cultural details

Aspect

Sheltered position in dappled sunlight.

Soil

Well drained but moisture retentive.

Hardiness

Frost hardy.

Maintenance

Mulch bulbs in winter for protection. May need protection from slugs and snails.

Propagation

By offsets in late summer or early autumn.

 

 

 

 

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Published: 19-09-2005

Updated:   14-01-2006