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Ipheion uniflorum 'Froyle Mill' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Fragrance

Leaf or Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring

Foliage

Pale 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

spring starflower 'Froyle Mill'

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

'Froyle Mill' is a perennial bulb to 15cm, with grassy light green, onion-scented foliage and honey-scented, deep violet, star-shaped flowers 3-4cm in width, solitary on erect stems

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-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
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame when ripe or divide in summer when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free