Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue'
Garden Plant Information

Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue'

 

Name

Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' (also called spring starflower)

Genus  

Ipheion

Species

uniflorum

Cultivar/variety

'Wisley Blue'

General description

Bulbous perennial, closely related to Alliums. Grown for sweet scented blue flowers that open in late winter and spring, they provide welcome early colour. I. uniflorum 'Wisely Blue' has a slightly larger flower and wider leaves than I. uniflorum. Goes very well next to red-leaved Heucheras.

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.

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: 17-01-2006

Updated:   17-01-2006