Ipheion

White Star

*Available January through to April*
  • Part Shade

Ipheions are great for planting in a rock garden, for pots, borders or for underplanting. They naturalize very well, and, once established, produce masses of small size flowers lasting up to four weeks in the garden.

They should be planted approx 5cm deep, and will flower to around 10cm in height.

This pretty, dainty, bulbous plant can be found growing in the wild in South America. Surprisingly, its winter hardiness is good. Ipheion is not widely cultivated and thus not commonly used.

Like so many other bulbous plants, Ipheion cannot tolerate wet soil. Naturalization is possible, but one drawback is that the plant's grassy leaves emerge before the winter season and then freeze. This has no negative effect on flowering. The shape of the flowers is unique: two wreaths of three petals join to create a star shape. 'Wisley Blue' has deep-violet flowers.

For a full overview of how to plant Ipheion visit our Gardeners Guide.

 

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