Information About Ipheion Starflower
Caring For Spring Starflower Plants: Learn How To Grow Ipheion Starflowers
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Knowing when to plant Ipheion starflower bulbs ensures healthy plants that won't get floppy and produce enticing spicy, scented flowers and attractive arching strappy foliage for years. Click this article to learn more about growing Ipheion.
Otherwise known as the spring starflower, Ipheion uniflorum produces exquisite star-shaped blooms in early spring. Each stem bears a single, sweet-scented flower (reflecting the Latin uniflorum - single flower), with six pointed petals and colours varying through shades of pale silvery-blue to lilac. The narrow leaves appear before the flowers and, being a close relation to alliums, give off an onion-like aroma when crushed.
This small, herbaceous perennial is perfect for mixing with other low-level, spring-flowering bulbs in rock and alpine gardens, borders, beds and containers, and is also good for underplanting shrubs and roses. It naturalises easily, rewarding you with more profuse displays year after year.
Easy to grow, the bulbs will thrive in full sun or partial shade, preferring a sheltered position with moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
Supplied as a pack of 75 bulbs for planting in the autumn, they will flower from March to May, and your displays will get better every year!
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Zones: 3 to 9
Light: Part Shade or Sun (depending on the variety)
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 6" to 60" (depending on the variety)
Spread: 12" to 36"
Planting Astilbe is a great way to add some color to your shade garden.
With their pretty pink, white, lavender or red plumes that bloom above fern-like foliage in the summer, they definitely make a statement.
Plant them in moist but well-drained soil and water deeply once a week to keep them happy.
Make sure to check the light requirements for the plants you are buying, since some varieties prefer shade while others want more sun.