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Ipheion uniflorum 'Wisley Blue' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

spring starflower 'Wisley Blue'

Family

Alliaceae


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring

'Wisley Blue' is a perennial to 10cm in height, with narrow, light green leaves and erect stems bearing solitary, fragrant, lilac-blue flowers 3-4cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe or by division in summer when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails

Diseases

Generally disease free