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Brimeura amethystina AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue, Pale Blue or Dark Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

amethyst hyacinth

Family

Asparagaceae


Brimeura are bulbous perennials with linear leaves in a basal tuft, and racemes of narrowly bell-shaped blue flowers in spring

B. amethystina is a perennial bulb to 20cm in height, with narrow leaves and pale to deep blue, bell-shaped flowers 1cm in length, in a loose raceme

Other common names

  • amethyst hyacinth
  • Spanish hyacinth

Synonym(s)

  • Hyacinthus amethystinus

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil and plant 5cm deep in autumn

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in containers in a cold frame when ripe or by division of clumps in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free