Ipheions for Descanso Gardens
Spring star Flower ( Ipheion ) is a spring flowering perennial that
grows from a bulbs.
It gets about six to eight inches tall, and can be scattered in the front of borders.
Ipheion is nice in raised beds so you don't miss it when it blooms.
It also grows well in containers.
The leaves appear in late fall, then die back; the flowers are in blues or white.
This plant is dormant during the summer.
Mine has naturalized a bit as its tiny bulbs scatter when I plant or cultivate in its bed.
SOURCES: Mail order sources.
- Location: Plant in sun or partial shade.
- Soil: They like moderately fertile, well drained soil with some humus.
Keep soil slightly moist with a protective mulch during the winter.
- Water: Water when leaves appear just once or twice. Do not water in spring
unless there is no rainy season, then just occasional water.
- PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in fall when they appear overcrowded.
Plant divisions or purchased bulbs in fall.
- TRY THESE SPECIES:
- Ipheion 'Rolf fiedler' provides light blue flowers.
- Ipheion 'Wisley Blue' provides darker, medium blue shades.
- Ipheion 'Froye Mill' provides violet shades.
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