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Hyacinthoides italica AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Bushy

Origin

Native to the UK

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Italian bluebell

Family

Asparagaceae


Hyacinthoides are bulbous perennials with linear to strap-shaped leaves and bell-shaped or star-shaped blue, violet or white flowers in spring

H. italica is a small bulbous plant to 20cm tall, with narrow leaves and dense racemes of erect, starry mid-blue flowers 1cm long, in spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out

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, keep shaded and do not allow to dry out. Alternatively remove offsets in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free